This photograph by the Junta de Andalucia shows a house of the prestigious Torres family in the medina of Tetouan, Morocco. One of the medina’s most impressive private houses, the house was built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is an example of Tetouan's Andalusian architecture at its peak. Its features include a courtyard, a wall fountain supplied by water from a natural underground spring, typical Tetouani tiles (known as zellij), carved wooden doors, and beautifully furnished sitting rooms. 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.
Junta de Andalucia, Seville
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Last updated: December 16, 2014