Taza (Berber: ⵜⴰⵣⴰ, Arabic: تازة) is a city in northern Morocco on the corridor between the Rif and Middle Atlas, 120 km from Fez, 150 km from Nador, and 210 km from Oujda. The old town is at an elevation of 585 m and is surrounded by fortifications; the newer town, established by the French in 1920, is located in a fertile plain at 445 m. The city’s in a mountain pass known as the Taza Gap, where the Rif mountains and the Middle-Atlas meet. Through this pass successive waves of invaders moved west towards the Atlantic coastal plains. Taza was first settled by Miknasa tribesmen (Imeknasen), a Zenata tribe of Morocco and western Algeria that originally came from Ifrikiya (now Tunisia), but migrated west in pre-Islamic times. The modern Moroccan city of Meknes bears witness to their presence, as does Mequinenza in Spain. The Almoravid Empire took over Taza in 1074; the, the Almohad Empire did in 1132. In 1248 the city was captured by the Marinids. Although Taza barred the route of Turks from Algiers seeking conquest, it fell to the French in 1914. The old town has monuments, mosques, and a 14th-century mderasa (Coranic school).
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