December 15, 2007

Essaouira: Save “Bab Marrakech” Bastion !

This is the way historic heritage is treated in Essaouira, Morocco. No matter what big value it has in the eyes of the local population and the natives of Essaouira wherever they are, as well as in the eyes of those who have worked hard for it to be selected as a universal heritage site by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Cruel hands have managed to distort its past and as they, from time to time, do with public property taking advantage of the total absence of the local council and its president for whom historical monuments are apparently not a priority .
The Bab Marrakech Bastion, which is one of the most distinguished historical sites of the Medina, was partly demolished on December 13th 2007 for unknown purposes.
14 years ago The same thing happened when The president of the city council, then, ordered that the famous monument of the “syndicat d’initiative touristique” situated at the time on Moulay Hassan square should be completely demolished, just because he didn’t like the way it looked!
Last June The one-century-old Alminzah Park was as well illegally removed and transformed into an empty square to make room for festivals .
Before these sad events one stands in complete puzzlement unable to figure out the reason why these monuments have been targeted.

3 comments:

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Lalla-Mira.com said...

There should be a sense of citizen-responsibility in Essaouira, as well as in Morocco in general.

What a shame...