Zagora, Morocco

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This article is about the town. For the province, see Zagora Province. For the mountain, see Mount Zagora.
Zagora
Zagura / ⵣⴰⴳⵓⵔⴰ
زاكورة
Zagora.jpg
Zagora is located in Morocco
Zagora
Zagora
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 30°19′50″N 5°50′17″W / 30.33056°N 5.83806°W / 30.33056; -5.83806
Country  Morocco
Region Souss-Massa-Drâa
Population (2004)
 • Total 34,851
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
"Timbuktu 52 days" sign in Zagora

Zagora (Berber language: Zagura, ⵣⴰⴳⵓⵔⴰ, Arabic: زاكورة‎) is a town in the valley of the Draa River in Souss-Massa-Drâa, southeastern Morocco. It is located at around 30°19′50″N 5°50′17″W / 30.33056°N 5.83806°W / 30.33056; -5.83806Coordinates: 30°19′50″N 5°50′17″W / 30.33056°N 5.83806°W / 30.33056; -5.83806. It is flanked by the mountain Zagora from which the town got its name. Originally it was called 'Tazagourt' (ⵜⴰⵣⴰⴳⵓⵔⵜ) the singular of plural 'Tizigirt' (ⵜⵉⵣⵉⴳⵉⵔⵜ), Berber for 'twinpeaks', referring to the fortress of the Murabitun, or Almoravid, people. In old European maps the mountain Zagora is already indicated but the town itself was only built in the 20th century. On the top of the Zagora mountain the remains of an Almoravid fortress can still be seen.[1] The exact location of the former Almoravid mosque is still a matter of dispute. Each year the moussem (festival) of the Sufi saint moulay Abdelkader Jilali is celebrated at Zagora. Languages spoken in the city include Moroccan Arabic, Tachelhit and Tamazight. A well known sign at the town border states "Tombouctou 52 days", the supposed time it takes to get to Timbuktu, Mali on foot or camel.

Culture[edit]

Zagora is also noted for international events such as the Zagora Marathon and the Nomads Festival in M'Hamid.

Bibliography[edit]

  1. ^ Allain (Ch) & Meunie (J.), "La forteresse almoravide de Zagora", Hespéris, 1956, vol. xliii, fasc. 2, pp. 305–325.

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