Souk el Hout Square (Fish Square)


This photograph by the Tetouan-Asmir Association shows Souk el Hout Square (Fish Square), one of the most charming public squares in the medina of Tetouan, Morocco. Mountaineers from the surrounding tribes come to the square to present their colorful, hand-woven woolen objects for sale. This square was built just outside the city wall. Ali Al-Mandari, the city’s founder, built the wall with its brick towers and kasaba (fortress) in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Tetouan has been called the daughter of Granada, and the kasaba reflects the military architecture of Granada, the chief city of Andalusia. 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 high Andalusian culture.

Last updated: December 16, 2014