Just 80 kilometers from Saïdia, visitors who would enjoy their stay in this beautiful moroccan spa, have to in their agendas this essential visit. We are talking about the walled city of Melilla, an autonomous enclave belonging to Spain and located in North Africa.
Treasure of two worlds, the autonomous city of Melilla offers essential images for those who are visiting the area. Photographing the walls will be doing a tribute to citizens of Melilla who believed the old walls as one of the most proud and defiant sites of the history of Melilla.
The geographical location of Melilla, open to the sea, near the Strait of Gibraltar and balcony to the Mediterranean, made the city a well coveted by military strategists of all time. This fact led to those who occupied the city in each historical moment, wanted to raise walls as defensive formula against the attacks by sea and by land.
The bond between two continents, also between Morocco and Spain, was highly coveted and provided important commercial advantages to the ones that could take the city. Moats, towers, bastions and ramparts became another ‘natural’ border to the Melilla who raised their four walled enclosures.
Below the fortification, a labyrinthine network of corridors and basic galleries to the defensive strategy of Melilla. Today, above all, highlight the evolution of time by the walls, adapting in each moment to the artistic whims of fashions.
So take a look trough the stone walls will allow us to contemplate a compendium of the history of art from the gothic to neo-classicism. And less than an hour by car from Saïdia.
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