Petit Socco

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Petit Socco (meaning "Little Square"), also known as the "Souk Dakhli" is a square in the Medina area of central Tangier, Morocco. It was once home to many notable writers and affluent people in the city and is connected by the Rue Es-Siaghine[1] The square lies in the area of Tangier on which the forum of the Roman Tingis once stood. Petit Socco was once one of the greatest souks in all of Morocco and people would flock from miles around to buy food and clothes.[2] In the nineteenth century the area grew wealthier and trade with Europe accelerated. By the early twentieth century, businessmen, diplomats and bankers had their offices located around the square and cafes, hotels and casinos were testament to the wealth of the area. However, by the 1950s, the hub of city life had moved to the Ville Nouvelle and today the square is less popular.[3]


  1. ^ Humphrys, Darren (2008). Frommer's Morocco. John Wiley & Sons. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-470-18403-5. 
  2. ^ The history of the Socco under the Portuguese and the English in the 16th and 17th century is written up in Martin Malcolm Elbl, Portuguese Tangier (1471-1662): Colonial Urban Fabric as Cross-Cultural Skeleton (Baywolf Press: Toronto and Peterborough, 2013) ISBN 978-0-921437-50-5. and
  3. ^ Morocco. Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guides. 2006. p. 133.