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Tetouan Medina, Northern Morocco

Octagonal Minaret, Moroccan Mosque architecture, Tetouan Medina, Rif region of Northern Morocco, 2016-04-06. 

Tetouan served as an important middle ground between Morocco and Southern Spain during the 8th century and was largely built by Andalusians who had been expelled by the Al-Andalus of the Spanish Reconquista. Like Fez, the entire old medina of Tetouan is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also home to a high concentration of mosaic and zelij displays. Lying only a few miles from the Strait of Gibraltar, Spanish is widely spoken by the people of Tetouan, which is also still home to small Christian and Jewish communities. The north of Morocco is home to a handful of octagonal minarets (as opposed to the traditional single square design), which can also be found in Chefchaouen, Ouezzane, Asilah, Rabat and Tangier and reflect the mix of culture and heritage to the northern regions.

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Octagonal Minaret, Moroccan Mosque architecture, Tetouan Medina, Rif region of Northern Morocco, 2016-04-06. <br />
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Tetouan served as an important middle ground between Morocco and Southern Spain during the 8th century and was largely built by Andalusians who had been expelled by the Al-Andalus of the Spanish Reconquista. Like Fez, the entire old medina of Tetouan is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also home to a high concentration of mosaic and zelij displays. Lying only a few miles from the Strait of Gibraltar, Spanish is widely spoken by the people of Tetouan, which is also still home to small Christian and Jewish communities. The north of Morocco is home to a handful of octagonal minarets (as opposed to the traditional single square design), which can also be found in Chefchaouen, Ouezzane, Asilah, Rabat and Tangier and reflect the mix of culture and heritage to the northern regions.