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Essaouira, Morocco, May 2009

Town at night

Ramparts seen glowing with floodlights against the sunset, on the windswept Atlantic coast of Morocco

Essaouira, on the windswept Atlantic coast of Morocco, was re-built in the 18th century by French architect Theodore Cornut to the orders of Sultan Ben Abdullah. Surrounded by ramparts it is a charming small town now becoming more popular with tourists. To the West of the town is the Port Skala, a fortified area with wonderful views of the sea and the Island of Mogador.