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Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 8th century
Date of Inscription: 1997
Location: Africa, Morocco, Region Nord-Ouest, Wilaya de Tétouan, Province of Tétouan, Medina of Tétouan
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Description: Tétouan was of particular importance in the Islamic period, from the 8th century onwards, since it served as the main point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia. After the Reconquest, the town was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees who had been expelled by the Spanish. The Andalusian influence can be seen clearly from its art and architecture.. Although its medina is one of the smallest of the Morocco , Tétouan's is unquestionably the most complete and has been mostly untouched by subsequent outside influences. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Tétouan (Arabic: تطوان (meaning eyes in the Berber language)), also spelled Tetuan, sometimes Tettawen or Tettawan, is the capital and cultural centre of the region Tangier-Tétouan (Tanja) in the north of Morocco, the only open port of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea, a few miles south of the Strait of Gibraltar, and about 40 mi (60 km) E.S.E. of Tangier. In 2004 the city had 320,539 inhabitants (census figure), up from about 25,000, of whom a fifth were Jews, in the early 20th century. Arabic is the official language but it is not used as a national language. Moroccan Darija-Arabic and Berber-Tamazight are used by the inhabitants in their daily life. The use of Spanish and French is still widespread especially by the businesspeople and intellectual elites. Its main religion is Islam but there are minorities of Jews and Christians. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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