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It was established sometime before the 5th Century, when it was a trading post. There was also a Roman prescence, and in 1506 a Portuguese stronghold, "Mogador," was built here.
Today, Essaouira is known for its exotic beauty, city walls, medieval city center, World Heritage sites, ancient heritage, markets, Jewish prescence, and culture.
People Born in Essaouira
Essaouira in People's Lives
Jake Gyllenhaal: I traveled here in 2006 to film scenes of the movie Rendition.
Jared Leto: I traveled here in 2003 to film scenes of the movie Alexander.