El Kelaa des Sraghna

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El Kelaa des Sraghna
Jardin Central Kelaat Sraghna 2011 by charaf bellakhdim.jpg
El Kelaa des Sraghna is located in Morocco
El Kelaa des Sraghna
El Kelaa des Sraghna
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 32°2′53″N 7°24′30″W / 32.04806°N 7.40833°W / 32.04806; -7.40833
Country  Morocco
Region Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz
Population (2004)
 • Total 68,694
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

El Kelaa des Sraghna (Arabic: قلعة السراغنة, lit. "The Castle of Seraghna"‎; alternative names include El Kelaa des Srarhna, al-Qalat-as-Saragnah and others) is a town in central Morocco. Coordinates: 32°2′53″N 7°24′30″W / 32.04806°N 7.40833°W / 32.04806; -7.40833. The economy of the towns is mostly based on agriculture, the growing of olive trees being predominant.

History[edit]

According to some historical references, the Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail established the city, Kelaat Sraghnas in the 17th century. The Sultan had aimed to found citadels and Quasbas to control the movements of mountainous tribes. Other references state that the existence of the city refers to the period of the Almoravids. According to other sources, the city was known as the Berbers designations such as "Gaynou" Lagrare, and it was founded by the Almoravids like a project to monitor the road between Fes and Marrakesh, to populate the area and fight against Berghouata’s heresy. Nevertheless, some manuscripts cite evidence that Saadian Dynasty founded the city in the late of sixteenth century and it was known as designation "Kelaat Lagrare".

Climate[edit]

Climate data for El Kelaa des Srarhna
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17
(62)
19
(67)
22
(71)
24
(75)
29
(84)
31
(88)
36
(97)
37
(98)
32
(90)
27
(81)
22
(71)
18
(64)
26.2
(79)
Average low °C (°F) 6
(42)
7
(45)
9
(49)
11
(51)
14
(57)
16
(61)
19
(66)
19
(67)
17
(63)
14
(58)
11
(51)
7
(44)
12.5
(54.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 28
(1.1)
30
(1.2)
28
(1.1)
20
(0.8)
8
(0.3)
5
(0.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
8
(0.3)
23
(0.9)
20
(0.8)
48
(1.9)
218
(8.6)
Source: Weatherbase [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for El Kelaa des Srarhna, Morocco". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.