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Essaouira

Essaouira
Sidi Megdoul
City and Wilaya
Ramparts of Essaouira.JPG
Coat of arms of Essaouira
Coat of arms
Essaouira is located in Morocco
Essaouira
Essaouira
Location in Morocco
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Country  Morocco
Region Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz
Government
 • Mayor Asma Chaâbi
Population (2004)
 • Total 70,000
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Essaouira (Berber: ? Taurt, Arabic: ??, as-?awira) is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast.

The city was known in the time of 11th-century geographer al-Bakri and, as he reported, was called Sidi Megdoul. In the 16th-century, a corruption of this name became known to the Portuguese as Mogador or Mogadore. The Berber and Arabic names mean the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city.

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