Tétouan was of particular importance in the Islamic
period, from the 8th century onwards, since it served as the main point
of contact between Morocco and Andalusia. After the Reconquest, the
town was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees who had been expelled by the
Spanish. This is well illustrated by its art and architecture, which
reveal clear Andalusian influence. Although one of the smallest of the
Moroccan medinas, Tétouan is unquestionably the most complete and it has
been largely untouched by subsequent outside influences.