The historical fortress in El Jadida region was built in the beginning of the 18th century.
Rabat – The Ministry of Culture and Communication announced that a budget of MAD 11 million has been allocated for the restoration of the Kasbah of Boulaouane, a historical fortress in El Jadida region.
Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj, also gave the green light to the first stage of the project. The restoration plan aims to repair the walls, the corridors, and the mosque located inside the fortress. The restoration will respect all the norms of rehabilitating historical sites and Kasbahs.
This renovation project is part of a touristic circuit that will link the city of El Jadida to historical monuments of the region, added Laaraj. The circuit will facilitate access to monuments located in secluded areas.
The minister also emphasized the importance of preserving and valorizing Moroccan cultural heritage in all the regions of Morocco. He also stressed the role that historical monuments can play in the economic and social development of the region where they’re located, if they are respected and preserved.
The Kasbah of Boulaouane was built in the year 1710. It is only one of a dozen Kasbahs built under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail Benchrif (1645-1727). The architecture of the Kasbah resembles fortresses built during the Byzantine Era. Years after the Kasbah was built, it was abandoned and covered by the sands.
The fortress is located strategically, on the top of a hill and surrounded by Oum Errabia river. It overlooks all the neighboring regions. The river of Oum Errabia surrounding the Kasbah is the second largest river in Morocco.