Oran (Algeria)

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Mediterranean - Black Sea

35.71605 N, -0.64953 W

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Oran is a seaport and city in northwest Algeria, located on the Mediterranean Sea. Oran's old quarter has a casbah and 18th-century Great Mosque. In spring and summer, the city offers a wide choice of beautiful beaches and a coral reef near Madagh and Cap Blanc. Other attractions in clude Oran's municipal museum, housed in 16th-century Santa Cruz fortress. Oran's balcony Front de Mer is the only place to be in the evening after a long day. It features fine creperies, pleasant restaurants and pizzerias.

Oran was established during the 10th century by Moorish Andalusian traders. In 1509 it was captured by the Spanish and stayed Spanish until 1708, when the city was conquered by the Ottomans. In 1732 Spain returned but its value as trade post had greatly decreased, so King Charles IV sold Oran city to the Turkish. In 1831 however, the city fell to the French. During the Second World War, Oran was held by Vichy France until in late 1942 it was captured by the Allies, during Operation Torch. Prior to the Algerian War of Independence, the city had one of the largest proportions of Europeans of any other settlement in North Africa but by the end of war, most of the Europeans had fled to France.

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