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August 30, 2007 6:10am CST
Description It has a population of 678?596 (2004; census figures for the agglomeration include the nearby cities of Inezgane and Aït Melloul; the population of the city proper is estimated at 200?000. The mild winter climate (January average midday temperature 20CL68F and good beaches have made it a major winter sun destination for Northern Europeans. The current mayor is Tariq Kabbaj. The city is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean? near the foot of the Atlas Mountains? just north of the point where the Souss River flows into the ocean. The beach seen from the Anezi HotelToday? Agadir is an important fishing and commercial port? the first sardine port in the world? (exporting cobalt? manganese? zinc and citrus.It is also a famous seaside resort with a long sandy beach. Because of its large buildings? wide roads? modern hotels? and European-style cafés? Agadir is not a typical city of traditional Morocco? but it is a modern? busy and dynamic town. Agadir is famous for its sea food and agriculture. The city's main neighborhoods are£ Secteur Touristique Les Amicales City Centre Nouveau Talborjt Cité Suisse Dakhla Anza L'Erac. Quartier Industriel Quartier Residentiel It is served by the Al Massira Airport. History During medieval times? there was only a fishermen village there? Agadir el-arba`. In 1505 the Portuguese established there a trading post named Santa Cruz do Cabo de Gué? under a governor. In 1541? the city came under Wattasid control and in 1572 a stronghold was built on the top of the hill overlooking the bay? the Kasbah. Agadir became prosperous for two centuries. In 1911? the arrival of a German gunboat (the Panther? officially to protect the local German community? triggered the Agadir Crisis between France and Germany which allowed France? in 1913? to establish a protectorate over nearly the whole kingdom of Morocco. At 15 minutes to midnight on February 29? 1960? Agadir was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake that lasted 15 seconds? burying the city and killing thousands. The death toll is estimated at 15?000. The earthquake destroyed the ancient Kasbah. On its front gate can still be read the following sentence in Dutch£ Fear God and honor thy King. On seeing the destruction in Agadir? King Muhammad V of Morocco declared£ If Destiny decided the destruction of Agadir? its rebuilding depends of our Faith and Will. Reconstruction began in 1961? two kilometers south of the earthquake epicenter. Agadir Agreement Agadir Crisis of 1911 1960 Agadir earthquake Museums Mosque in AgadirMusee de Talborjt La Casbah Musee Bert Flint Le Musse des Arts Berberes Musee Municipal de Agadir Le Sicilien Coco Polizzi (Quartier Education University of Agadir Ircam Institut Royal de La Culture Amazighe Institut Francais d'Agadir lycée français d'Agadir Ecole superieure de technologie d'Agadir Groupe scolaire Paul Gauguin Agadir ENSA L'Ecole Nationale des Sciences Appliquees d' Agadir ENCGA? École Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Agadir Ecole Polytechnique Privee d'Agadir Economy CRI Agadir Regional Investment Office CCIS The Chamber of Commerce of Industry and Services in Agadir Please help improve this article by expanding this section. See talk page for details. Please remove this message once the section has been expanded. (tagged since January 2007 Christian Community of Agadir Catholic Church ECAM£ Eglise Sainte Anne £ 115? rue de Marrakech? 80000 Agadir? Website Evangelical Church Jewish Community of Agadir Conseil des Communautes Israelites du Agadir? La Paternal Building? Avenue Hassan II. Synagogue Beth El £ Rue de la foire? Agadir Maroc Website Beaches Agadir Diving Ecole de Plongee au Maroc Parks and Gardens Jardin Olhao Jardin Ibn Zaidoun
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