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City in Morocco with 75,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), situated in the Souss Valley running between the High Atlas and Anti Atlas mountain ranges, about 80 km from the coast.
The city walls of Taroudannt, Morocco, among the most complete in the country.
The Great Mosque of Taroudannt. Brutally simple exterior, and quite beautiful.
The economic base for the city is handicrafts, trade of agriculture produce and light industries. Taroudannt is famous for its pink houses, and fortified walls which are in excellent condition, and which represent the borders of the city in all but the eastern direction. Taroudannt has very little French colonial architecture, which is unusual for a city of its size. Hence, the city is an important tourist destination, even if there are few typical sights in town.
11th century: Taroudannt is capital of a small kingdom.
1056: City is sacked, and annexed, by the Almoravids.
1306: Destroyed by the Merenids.
1510: Taroudannt is made into capital of the Saadiens, who build the walls around the town.
1530: Taroudannt loses its position as capital to Marrakech.
17th century: Taroudannt becomes capital of the kingdom of Tazeroualt.
1687: Taroudannt is the centre of a rebellion against Moulay Ismail, and is near being destroyed.
1912: Taroudannt becomes the centre of a rebellion against the French, led by El Hiba.
1913: The city comes under French control. The French give the city little attention.
1956: Following the independence of Morocco, Taroundannt becomes part of the new kingdom.