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Chefchaouen by Vicenç Palà

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Vicenç Palà Vicenç Palà
Explore score
1
Size
0.09 Gigapixels
Views
2005
Date added
Jan 14, 2009
Date taken
Dec 27, 2008
Gear

Hand held Canon Powershot G9

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Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. The city was founded in 1471, as a small fortress which still exists to this day, by Moorish exiles from Spain led by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. It was known as one of the main concentrations of Moriscos and Jews who sought refuge in this mountainous city after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times. In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen to form part of Spanish Morocco. Spanish troops imprisoned Abd el-Krim in the kasbah from 1916 to 1917, after he talked with the german consul Dr. Walter Zechlin (1879 - 1962). Spain returned the city after the independence of Morocco in 1956.


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