Panoramic View of Tetouan

Description

This panoramic photograph of Tetouan, Morocco, by the Tetouan-Asmir Association shows the five century-old medina, the early 20th century Spanish colonial city (or Ensanche) on the edge of Mount Dersa, as well as newly urbanized areas that stretch ten kilometers eastwards towards some of the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean. The medina's whitewashed walls, which have earned the city the title of “the White Dove,” and the city’s mountains and beaches reflect the combination of man-made and natural beauty for which Tetouan is known. Located on the Mediterranean Sea east of Tangier, Tetouan served for centuries as a major point of contact between Morocco and the Arab culture of Andalusia on the Iberian Peninsula. After the Reconquista–the retaking of Andalusia by the Christians of Spain–Tetouan was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees who were expelled by the Spanish. In 1997, the medina of Tetouan was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as an exceptionally well-preserved historic town, displaying all the features of the high Andalusian culture.

Last updated: December 16, 2014