ⵜⴰⵣⴰ Taza (in Berber)
|Elevation||1,670 ft (510 m)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||WEST (UTC+1)|
Taza (Berber: ⵜⴰⵣⴰ, Taza, in Arabic: تازة) is a city in northern Morocco, which occupies the corridor between the Rif mountains and Middle Atlas mountains, about 120 km east of Fez. It is located at 150 km from Nador, and 210 km from Oujda (east). It has a population of 144,000 (2004 census) and is the capital of Taza province.
Taza city, north-central Morocco. Located in the south of the Rif region right outside the mountain range on a narrow plain. The city is composed of two formerly separate towns built on separate terraces overlooking a mountain valley. The old-Taza town is at an elevation of 1,919 feet (585 m) above sea level and is surrounded by fortifications; the newer town, established by the French in 1920, is located in a fertile plain at an elevation of 1,460 feet (445 m). Fossil remains indicate that caves in the area were inhabited as early as the Paleolithic Period.
The city is located in a mountain pass known as the "Taza Gap", through which successive waves of invaders moved westward onto the Atlantic coastal plains of northwestern Africa. Taza was founded by Miknasa. The Almoravid empire took over Taza in 1074. They were replaced by the Almohad empire in 1132. In 1248 the city was captured by the Marinids. Although Taza barred the route of Turks from Algiers seeking conquest in what is now Morocco, it fell to the French in 1914. The old town has barbican monuments, mosques, and a 14th-century mderasa (Coranic school). Population in 1982 stood at 77,216. Population now estimated about 144,000.
Located along the Atlas Mountains, Taza has a seasonal climate, shifting from cool in winter to hot days in the summer months. The nights are always cool (colder in winter), with daytime temperatures generally rising about +9~14 C° (15~26 F°) every day. The winter highs typically reach only 14.5°C (58°F) in December–January (see weather-table below).
|Climate data for Taza, Morocco (1961-1990)|
|Average high °C (°F)||14.4
|Average low °C (°F)||5.4
|Precipitation mm (inches)||109.7
|Source: Hong Kong Observatory|
The old town's main thoroughfare is enlivened by the Grain Market and the Souks where wickerwork, tapestries, jewelry, ... The road terminates at a square doubling as a parade ground which sports the Al-Andalous Mosque. The Mosque's minaret, constructed in the 14th century, is wider at the top than at its base. Bab el-Qebbour Street crosses the Kissaria (covered marketplace), then leads on to the Market Mosque where it meets up with Bab Jamaa gate, the main point of entry of Taza. Somewhat further south, across from Bab el-Rih, the Wind Gate, a bastion dating from the 16th century closes the ring around the kasbah. Taza's city walls, raised in the 12th century and frequently enlarged on later occasions were equipped with a Borj or fortified tower 26 metres (85 ft) wide at the base by the Saadi Ahmed el-Mansour in the 16th century. The gate with iron grate and the casemates with terraced roofs are clearly influenced by European military architecture of the time.
The topology of the area has imposed a pattern of urban spread. Viewed from above, the city takes the form of a "T". It has its root in Taza high and stretches north to reach the bed of the Oued Larbaâ. Since the urban stretches east and west along the N6 between Fez and Oujda.
At the dawn of independence, the city consisted of the Medina High Taza, the European district occupying almost hill called "No Adrar Illouz. People usually pronounce Draâ louz. This area became the center of town, and finally the station area a few kilometers below.
During the following years (60s, 70s) districts have emerged, midway between downtown and the train station (Bit Goulem, Ourida, JRAD Bin).
During the 80s, other districts make their appearance, especially north of the city (and Massira Quds), extended and developed areas today. The goal of this extension was the slum clearance. It was a success, since 1986 the city was declared a city without slums. The craze is such that sections like (Massira II) are villa style.
The 90s marked the beginning of the urbanization of the axis center - Taza above. These are buildings with 6 or 7 floors occupying a strategic content between public facilities (municipality, space, civil protection, hospital ibn baja, high school and college ...) and on the other hand, it is down the high rock a hundred yards. This area is also adjacent to the uptown-Qessou meddah, Friouato and Hay Shuhada (developed throughout the last three decades).
More recently this area continues to morph and promises a beautiful view from the heights of the city. The planning now also spread on the road to Fez for several kilometers to reach the intermittently R508 (about Tainast).
The development plan provides a direct link between Taza West (at the "white bridge") and Taza high.
- "Climatological Information for Taza, Morocco", Hong Kong Observatory, 2003, web: HKO-Taza.
See also 
- Great Mosque of Taza
- Bou Hamara - early 20th century pretender to the throne of Morocco, based in Taza
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Taza". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Taza online in French
- Great Mosque of Taza in French
- Taza d'antan in French
- Tazekka National Parc in French
- Aït Sadden in French