La source bleue

La source bleue

Le coeur de Tiznit réhabilité

Scène à ciel ouvert

Scène à ciel ouvert

Entourée de murs de pisé

Magie de la nuit

Magie de la nuit

Les murailles de la Citadelle reconstruites

Ancienne mosquée

Ancienne mosquée

A l'identique de ce qu'elle fut.

Murailles du 19e siècle

Murailles du 19e siècle

Plus récentes que celles de Taroudant et néanmoins imposantes

Restaurant recommandé

Restaurant recommandé

A l'Ombre du figuier

Tiznit: city with walls and a rehabilitated heart

Like its neighbor Agadir , a hundred kilometers away, Tiznit is 90% Berber-speaking. This city of 80,000 inhabitants (see our video below ) stands out in the eyes of the visitor by its line of ramparts 7 km long and 8 m high, flanked by 56 towers and pierced by five historic gates. Recently, Tiznit is worth a look as much for the silver jewelry that made it famous as for the new heart of the medina, magnificently rehabilitated.

You can do it in an hour and a half . An excellent express road leads there. Beware, however, of pedestrian crossings and reclining gendarmes who strangely dot this artery, however essentially authorized at 100 km / h.

While the walls of Taroudant , the most beautiful in Morocco, are powerful and multi-secular, those which encircle the medina of Tiznit are less massive. They were built in 1883 under Sultan Hassan I, ancestor of King Mohammed VI who had just subdued Tiznit.

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A magnificent rehabilitation

According to legend, a woman named Lalla Zninia, who had to forgive herself for her faults, would be at the origin of The Blue Source, an oasis around which Tiznit would have been created. A few years ago, population growth had made this source an open dump. Total change today: a magnificent rehabilitation carried out under the aegis of the Franco-Moroccan architect-anthropologist Salima Naji has enabled residents, particularly women and children, as well as visitors to reclaim these emblematic places.

As our second video above shows , the water cascades in a semicircle made of stone walls. The spectacle is especially impressive at night. A small garden helps to make the new Blue Source a place to walk and meet. Trilingual explanatory panels have been put up.

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Funded by national and local public authorities, the rehabilitation program also includes a space dedicated to culture. Closed, the old civil prison has restored the enclosure of Kasbah Aghenaj, a citadel built in 1810 . An open-air theater has been created. It also serves as a forum for debate. The program also includes a museum, which promises to be modern and educational, an archives center and "La Maison de pays", intended to sell local products and organize shows.

Ancient construction processes

The work carried out in the center of the medina has in common: the old construction processes, including adobe, or raw earth, as well as lime, from which we obtain the silky tadelakt, have been revisited and put in the spotlight. A 360-degree photo posted on YouTube shows the work being done to fit out the city's Archives Processing Center. The monumental gate built in the meantime was the opportunity to use the stone technique characteristic of the Anti-Atlas, which we also see brilliantly applied to the Medina of Coco Polizzi in Agadir.

Salima Naji, however, had to resolve to use concrete since the Moroccan town planning code requires it in all structures welcoming the public. However, she associated it at least. The architect-anthropologist does not understand that so much credit is given to this material which, she says, "has no value, neither historical, nor climatic, nor aesthetic and which is expensive! It's cold! 'winter, hot summer'. Let's listen to her!

It is also the ecological conviction of the creator of the Jardin aux Etoiles . This is why our riad was built in adobe bricks made on site, framed by concrete pillars . Likewise, all the walls are in artisanal tadelakt.

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Before continuing on your way

Interested in the silver jewelry that Tiznit is famous for? Shops can be found in the main square of the medina, known as Mechouar. There is also one, of which the choice is rich, near the Blue Source.

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From the center of Tiznit, two possibilities are available to the motorist who wants to continue by the south: either to go through Aglou, which represents a small detour but offers the traveler magnificent landscapes, or to take the road, more direct, which connects Tiznit to Mirleft and goes inland.

 
Good plan

An original table in the medina of Tiznit

The most original address to eat in Tiznit: A l'Ombre du figuier, a small authentic restaurant that manages to offer revisited and quality Moroccan cuisine. No alcohol. Patron with an eye and friendly staff.

This friendly restaurant, which also serves as a meeting place for the trendy youth of Tiznit, is located in the medina, between the Place du Mechouar and the Blue Source, 22, passage Akchouch Idzakri. It is not easy to find. Ask for the way, we will be happy to explain it to you.

It's safe to book :

+212 5 288 61 204 or lombredufiguier@gmail.com

 

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At one forty from the Garden to the Stars
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