The murals, only part of which can be seen nowadays, used to stretch on over 2 km. They were built by the Portuguese between the XV and the XVII century. Destroyed and rebuilt several times, they witnessed the town's turbulent history.
Almost every Mediterranean empire conquered and lost Tangier. Founded by the Phoenicians, Tangier was Carthaginian, Roman, Vandal, Byzantine, Arab-Muslim, Portuguese, British, Muslim and international.
In the XX century, for over 30 years, Tangier has been managed by all the western powers even if it was under the sovereignty of the Christian empire. A unique experience in history! It it only in 1960 that Tangier was definitely connected to Morocco.