Today, the old walled medina is threatened
by processes which have been set in motion by both natural
and anthropogenic causes. Salt-water intrusion,
land subsidence, coastal erosion and overexploitation
of water resources contribute in particular to the degradation
of the urban context. Protection of the surroundings of Essaouira's
ecosystem is a condition for its survival.
Source: Urban Development and Freshwater Resources.
Updated for the CSI home page in February 1997
The historical monuments of Essaouira are
marked by a rather original architecture.
It combines the Arab-Muslim art in European architecture of the Renaissance.
addition, Essaouira is the only Moroccan medina, where streets
are straight and intersect at right angles.
Some of the historical monuments in Essaouira are: