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Dakhla - Western Sahara Highlights:
Military fortress
Dakhla, formerly Villa Cisneros under Spanish rule, is a city in the Western Sahara and the capital of the Moroccan administrative region Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira. It is built on a narrow peninsula of the Atlantic Coast about 550 km south of El Aaiún (Laayoune). Dakhla was founded in 1502 by Spanish settlers who established whaling stations with some cod fishing and trading. During the colonial period, the Spanish authorities made Dakhla the capital of the province of Río de Oro, one of the two regions of what was known as Spanish Sahara. They built a military fortress and a modern Catholic church, both of which remain points of interest for visitors to the city.

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