El Jadida

Coordinates: 33.240234322603385, -8.508677135587252

  • 11th c. - First known mention of the city in the work of the historian/geographer Al-Bakri.
  • 16th c. - Portuguese establish a fortified port city
  • 1769 - Abandoned by the Portuguese
  • Early 19th c. - City renamed El Jadida (The New) and subsequently rebuilt
  • 20th c. - Becomes a resort city during the French Protectorate
  • 2004 - The Portuguese City is named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 2023 - Media reports of damage to the medina in the earthquake on 8 September


Colin, G.S. and Cenival, P. de, “al-D̲j̲adīda”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 http://dx.doi.org.libproxy.mit.edu/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1910.

Hamri, Salma. 2023. “27 Sites Historiques Ont Été Gravement Endommagés Par Le Séisme Du 8 Septembre Selon Un Premier Constat.” Médias24. September 13, 2023. https://medias24.com/2023/09/11/27-sites-historiques-ont-ete-gravement-endommages-par-le-seisme-du-8-septembre/. Archived at: https://perma.cc/7DMN-JU9C.

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