Tétouan

/tay twahonn"/, n.
Tetuán.

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also spelled  Tetuán 
 city, north-central Morocco. It lies along the Martil River (Wadi Martil), 7 miles (11 km) from the Mediterranean Sea.

 The city stands on a rocky plateau detached from the southern flank of Mount Dersa. The Roman settlement of Tamuda stood immediately above the present-day city. Tétouan was inhabited in the 9th century by the Idrīsid dynasty and in the 14th century was fortified by the Marīnid dynasty. Its fortress became a corsair stronghold and was later destroyed by the Spanish. In the 16th century Tétouan was populated by Moorish Andalusian refugees. Spanish troops captured it in 1860—with an army commanded by Leopoldo O'Donnell, duque de Tetuán (O'Donnell, Leopoldo, Duque De Tetuán)—and again in 1913. The city became the capital of Spanish Morocco, and Francisco Franco (Franco, Francisco) made it his headquarters. In 1956 it was returned to Morocco.

 Though a bit dilapidated, the Spanish new city still has the look and feel of an imperial city. Many Spaniards still reside there, and Spanish is widely spoken and understood, along with Arabic and French. The Moorish Andalusian old city (medina), one of the best-preserved in Morocco, is surrounded on three sides by walls; it contains 36 mosques and sanctuaries and 7 gates. The old city rises along the hillside from the river, giving it the impression of looming above those approaching from the south and west. This effect, combined with the city's bleached white walls, has earned it the nickname the “White Dove.” The medina was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

 Tétouan is a commercial centre with an economy based on crafts and light manufacturing. It is known as a cultural centre, with a school of music, several artisan schools, national museums of archaeology and traditional arts, and an archival library. It is connected by road with Tangier (Tanger), Al-Hoceïma (Hoceïma, Al-), and Ouazzane. Cereals (primarily wheat), citrus fruits, tea, sheep, goats, and cattle are raised in the surrounding area, and cork and olive trees are also cultivated. Owing to its proximity to Mediterranean beaches, the city is a popular tourist destination for many Moroccans. Pop. (2004) 320,539.
 

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