Taza Travel Guide

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In earlier days controlling Taza meant controlling the road from Fez to Tlemcen; it was the key to controlling the whole east of Morocco.

Since the arrival of the French, first in Tlemcen (Algeria) and later in the west of Morocco, the whole eastern region dwindled, while the west flourished. Taza lost its importance.

What remains is a pleasant market town, with some monuments, although the religious ones are not accessible for non-muslims. Taza is also a good starting point for exploration of the Djebel Tazzeka, with its great mountain views.

Taza, one of the oldest cities of the country, on the main road connecting Western Morocco to Algeria, has an exceptional tourist potential (speleological capital placed at the center of a range of archaeological richnesses, station with the dry and moderated climate of mountain). 

•Visit of the Médina•
One can carry it out by foot in a circuit, starting at the Place Moulay Hassan, following the ramparts in the north to Bab er-Rih ("Gate of the winds"), and returning to the place by the interior of the Medina. 
At Bab er-Rih, in particular, the sight is very wide. It dominates the district of the olive-trees, the new city (Ville Nouvelle) and Rif. 
The most prominent building in the Medina, not far from the Bab er-Rih, is the Great Mosque ("Jamaa al-Kbir"). Built by the Almohadian Sultan Abd-el-Moumen in the 12th century, it is known for its wrought iron chandelier from Merinide times, a masterpiece of the "Art Maghrébin", weighting approx. 3 tons.
The principal artery of the old city is animated by the market with the granaries and the souks, where plaits, carpets, jewels and all kinds of Berber artisanal objects, manufactured in the mountains, are sold. It ends in a place of weapons.
At its bottom of the Andalusian Mosque rises, whose minaret is broader in its high part than at its base. 
Not far from the Andalusian Mosque you will find the Medersa d'Abou El-Hassan, built in 1323. It shelters, in its paved court of mosaics, a basin and two capitals made of onyx. 
A visit is recommended to the Sarrasine tower in the southwest of the strengthened system.
 

 

 

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