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City in Morocco with 150,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), divided into three centres, where the old Taza lies on a mountain top, overlooking the two other parts down in the valley
The Great Mosque of Taza, Morocco. Possibly the oldest remaining structure of the Almohads.
Taza is the city that has given name to the Taza Gap, the valley between the Rif Mountains and the Atlas Mountains, which has been suggested as the true geological division between Africa and Europe (and not the Strait of Gibraltar).
The economic base of Taza is the surrounding agriculture as well as trade.
There have been settlements here for several thousands of years, and Taza is one of the oldest towns of Morocco.
1074 CE: Taza is captured by the Almoravids.
1132: Taza is captured by the Almohads. It becomes an important city, and a wall around the city is constructed.
14th century: Goverened by the Merenids. Improved fortifications.
16th century: Goverened by the Saadiens. Improved fortifications.
1902: Bou Hamra declares himself sultan in Taza, and rules much of eastern Morocco.
1909: Bou Hamra is killed.
1914: Taza is conquered by the French.
1956: Following the independence of Morocco, Taza becomes part of the new kingdom.