Ouazzane

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Ouazzane
(Amazigh) وزان (Arabic)
Wazzan
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Ouazzane is located in Morocco
Ouazzane
Ouazzane
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 34°48′N 5°35′W / 34.800°N 5.583°W / 34.800; -5.583
Country  Morocco
Region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
Province Ouezzane
Elevation 614 m (2,014 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 59,606
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Ouazzane (also Ouezzane, Wazan, Wazzan, Uessen) (Arabic: وزان‎) is a town in northern Morocco, with a population of 59,606 recorded in the 2014 Moroccan census.[1]

The city is well known in Morocco and throughout the Islamic world as a spiritual capital for it was home for many of the pillars of Sufism. It has been known also as “Dar Dmana”.

Many Jews of Morocco consider Ouazzane to be a holy city and make pilgrimages there to venerate the tomb of several marabouts (Moroccan saints), particularly moul Anrhaz, the local name for Rabbi Amram ben Diwan, an eighteenth-century rabbi who lived in the city and whose burial site is associated with a number of miracles.

During the Rif rebellion (leader Abd el Krim) in 1925 -1926 Ouazzane was an important supply base for French Army. Ouazzane was connected by a 600 mm gauge narrow gauge railway via Ain Dfali, Mechra Bel Ksiri to Port Lyautey, now Kenitra, forming part of the 1912 - 1914 French built extensive narrow gauge network of Chemins de fer Militaires du Maroc, the largest 600 mm gauge network ever existed in Africa with total length of more than 1700 kilometres.

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Coordinates: 34°48′N 5°35′W / 34.800°N 5.583°W / 34.800; -5.583