Bab el Okla

Description

This photograph by the Tetouan-Asmir Association shows Bab el Okla, one the historical seven gates of Tetoaun, Morocco. Bab el Okla is more recent than the other city gates, and is among the busiest. It consists of the main gate and a secondary entrance on the side. The fountain just inside the gate stands out for its typical Tetouani tiles and 18th-century inscriptions of verses praising the city's ruler, Omar Luqash. 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: May 2, 2012