SIG Juin 2014 Casablanca Maroc

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Discover Casablanca

Casablanca fascinates the visitor by its richness and its culture. its wide avenues and its sea coast like riviera. The architecture, art deco and Moorish at the same time hide treasures: cupolas, view-points, columns, mosques: it is a decoration of the Mediterranean over the Atlantic littoral.

The name

Casablanca (French) Whitehouse (English) الدار البيضاء (Arabic)is the cosmopolitan, industrial and economic heart of Morocco and its largest city.

The History

The modern city of Casablanca was founded by Berber fishermen in the 10th Century BC and was subsequently used by the Phoenicians, Romans, and the Merenids as a strategic port called Anfa. The Portuguese destroyed it and rebuilt it under the name Casa Branca, only to abandon it after an earthquake in 1755. The Moroccan sultan rebuilt the city as Dar al Baida and it was given its current name of Casablanca by Spanish traders who established trading bases there. The French occupied the city in 1907, establishing it as a protectorate in 1912 and starting construction of the ville nouvelle, howeverit gained independence with the rest of the country in 1956.Casablanca is now Morocco'slargest city with a population of almost 4 million and also boasts the world's largest artificial port.

Discover Casablanca