Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

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The Portuguese

In the 15th century the Portuguese were among other various travellers and merchants who invaded the Moroccan coast.
In 1506, the king of Portugal, Manuel I, ordered a fortress to be built there, named "Castelo Real de Mogador". The fortress fell later to the local resistance.

Manuel I King of Portugal

Portuguese Empire

15th century

1415-1640 Ceuta
1458-1550 Alcácer Ceguer (El Qsar es Seghir)
1471-1550 Arzila (Asilah)
1471-1662 Tangier
1485-1550 Mazagan (El Jadida)
1487- middle 16th century Ouadane
1488-1541 Safim (Safi)

16th century

1505-1769 Santa Cruz do Cabo de Gué (Agadir)
1506-1525 Mogador (Essaouira)
1506-1525 Aguz (Souira Guedima)
1506-1769 Mazagan (El Jadida)
1513-1541 Azamor (Azemmour)
1577-1589 Arzila (Asilah)



The Portuguese church

The Portuguese church

In the medina near the south entrance of the Scala Kasbah, in a small dead end street, Rue Ibn Zohr, there is an old church just door to door with the old Portuguese consulat.

Locate this sight on the Map of Essaouira Medina


Map of colonial Morocco



The Portugeese

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Portuguese Empire