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Azrou
Azrou
(Berber: Aẓro, ⴰⵥⵔⵓ, Arabic: أزرو) is a Moroccan town 89 kilometres south of Fez in Ifrane Province of the Fès-Meknès region.

Contents

1 Geography 2 Toponymy 3 History 4 Picture Gallery 5 Twinning 6 Sources

Geography[edit]

Azrou
Azrou
market

The city of Azrou
Azrou
is located at a strategic crossroads between the Middle Atlas
Middle Atlas
and the High Atlas
High Atlas
between Meknes, Fez, Ifrane, Midelt and Khenifra. The N13 road connects Azrou
Azrou
to Meknes
Meknes
in the north and Timahdite
Timahdite
in the south. The National Route N8 comes from Sidi Addi
Sidi Addi
in the west and continues to Taounza and Ifrane
Ifrane
in the north-east. Azrou
Azrou
is at an altitude of 1250 m and surrounded by mountains covered with green oak and cedar.[2] The Cèdre Gouraud Forest
Cèdre Gouraud Forest
is located to the north, where one of the sub-populations of the Barbary macaque, Macaca sylvanus (called magots) is found.[3] In addition to its rich biodiversity symbolized by the famous cedar forest there are the butterflies which are unique in the world. The surroundings of Azrou
Azrou
are a centre of attraction for the residents, hikers, and picnickers of the large neighbouring towns. These surroundings are also home to the 'Cedre Gouraud' or 'Grand Cedar', a famous tourist attraction. This place is also famous due to the macaque apes that live in the area and are drawn by tourist activity. Moreover, the Azrou
Azrou
forest provides an excellent hiking and exercising environment and also holds a summer camp for children. Azrou
Azrou
urban construction is in the European style (red tile roofs). The region is also known for its cherry trees, apple trees, fish farms, and the abandoned sanatorium in the surrounding metropolitan area of Bensmim. Toponymy[edit] Azrou
Azrou
is a geomorphological name taken from the landform of a large rock outcrop (Aẓro, ⴰⵥⵔⵓ, means "rock" or "stone" in the Berber language
Berber language
Tamazight) in the centre of the city.[2] History[edit]

Azrou
Azrou
College

Azrou
Azrou
is mostly known for hosting the first high school in the Berber region: the Berber high school of Azrou
Azrou
(now the Tarik Ibn Ziad school). It was built by the French colonial authorities in order to train Moroccans for the colonial administration.[4] It was one of the instruments for the implementation of a Berber Dahir by which the King of Morocco
Morocco
left the Berbers to regulate their justice according to their customs without resorting to other jurisdictions (Colonial or "makhzen"). The college became an educational institution in the reference area, forming part of the political and military elites from 1956 to 1973, after independence, the college was renamed Azrou
Azrou
Tarik Ibn Ziad High School. The city was long neglected by the Moroccan authorities since independence in 1956 to the detriment of the nearby town of Ifrane. Although it is the true capital of the Middle Atlas
Middle Atlas
and a city that has given Morocco
Morocco
many leaders and intellectuals, the city still does not officially rank as provincial capital although it is in practice. Today the city has been transformed into a tourist destination. The city has several hotels. Picture Gallery[edit]

The Cèdre Gouraud Forest

The Rock of Azrou

Azrou
Azrou
city

A macaque in the forest of Azrou

The Place Muhammed V

Sheep Market

An Azrou
Azrou
street

The Azrou
Azrou
rock

Azrou
Azrou
town

Twinning[edit] The city has signed a protocol of cooperation with Blois
Blois
in July 2011[5]

Blois
Blois
(France) since 2011. Melle (France) since 1996.

Sources[edit]

^ "POPULATION LÉGALE DES RÉGIONS, PROVINCES, PRÉFECTURES, MUNICIPALITÉS, ARRONDISSEMENTS ET COMMUNES DU ROYAUME D'APRÈS LES RÉSULTATS DU RGPH 2014" (in Arabic
Arabic
and French). High Commission for Planning, Morocco. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2017.  ^ a b Tourist article (in French) ^ C. Michael Hogan, (2008) Barbary Macaque: Macaca sylvanus, Globaltwitcher.com, ed. Nicklas Stromberg Archived 2012-04-19 at the Wayback Machine. ^ The College of Azrou, for berber civil and military élite in Morocco, 1927-1959, Mohamed Benhlal (in French) ^ Twinnings of the town of Blois
Blois
(in French)

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Fès-Meknès
Fès-Meknès
region

Capital: Fes

Provinces and prefectures

Boulemane
Boulemane
Province El Hajeb
El Hajeb
Province Fès
Fès
Prefecture Ifrane
Ifrane
Province Meknès Prefecture Moulay Yacoub
Moulay Yacoub
Province Sefrou
Sefrou
Province Taounate
Taounate
Province Taza
Taza
Province

Cities

Agourai Ahermoumou Ain Aicha Ain Cheggag Ain Taoujdate Aknoul Azrou Bhalil Bouhouda Boulman El Hajeb El Menzel Fes Guigou Imouzzer Kandar Imouzzer Marmoucha Meknes Missour Mkansa Moulay Idriss Zerhoun Moulay Yacoub Oued Amlil Ouislane Outat El Haj Sabaa Aiyoun Sebt Jahjouh Sefrou Tahla Taza Toulal Tamedit Taounate

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