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The southern part of town, or "lower" town was built by the Spanish, while the "upper" town has been developed since the Bowling Green. Most of the lower town is run-down, but makes for an interesting walk. There is an old Spanish cathedral that still has a rusting sign which says ‘property of the Spanish government’. The area called the chicken market (Souk Djaj) has some cheap hotels and displays some interesting architecture-eggshell-domed roofs that are meant to keep the houses cool. The modern monuments are very striking in comparison with the rest of the Western Sahara. The Great Mosque stands in the Place Mechouar. Not far, the new 30,000 seat stadium, with real grass, waits to be nominated the home of a World Cup soccer match. The Colline des Oiseaux is in a landscaped garden and makSes for a pleasant visit. Exotic birds are housed in cages with blinds, to protect them from sandstorms.
Do be careful though, Laayoune is in a politically sensitive area so check with your embassy to determine whether it’s safe to visit.
January 19, 2005 change by ingvar