General view of Manueline Cistern of the El Jadida (Mazagan) fortress, built by Francisco and Diogo de Arruda, 16th century, El Jadida, Morocco. El Jadida, previously known as Mazagan (Portuguese: Mazag√£o), was seized in 1502 by the Portuguese, and they controlled this city until 1769. The underground Cistern was originally designed to store munitions. It served as a fencing school before being used after completion of the town walls in 1541 as a tank to store water. The symmetrical construction has a vaulted roof supported by 25 circular and rectangular pillars, with just one central window in the ceiling, 3.5 m in diameter, producing a single shaft of light. The shallow sheet of water produces a shimmering reflection of the vaulted ceiling in the light. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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General view of Manueline Cistern of the El Jadida (Mazagan) fortress, built by Francisco and Diogo de Arruda, 16th century, El Jadida, Morocco. El Jadida, previously known as Mazagan (Portuguese: Mazag√£o), was seized in 1502 by the Portuguese, and they controlled this city until 1769. The underground Cistern was originally designed to store munitions. It served as a fencing school before being used after completion of the town walls in 1541 as a tank to store water. The...
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