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Dar El Oddi: Tetouan boasts a new cultural space highlighting its urban history 

Written by FDM

On Wednesday, July 25 a new museum called Dar El Oddi opens its doors to the public in Tetouan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This new space launched by Jalal El Oddi, a native of the city, is a temple of preservation of the cultural heritage of the city.

Dar El Oddi, the family home- built in the 20s- of Jalil El Oddi, has been restored and converted to accommodate this new cultural space making it a unique place tracing the history and wealth from Tetouan. The restoration of the house lasted nearly 2 years and another 18 months were necessary for the layout of the permanent exhibition “Visions de Tétouan, XVIème-XXème Siècle».

The Cultural Space is spread over a covered area of 200 m2. It includes 7 exhibition rooms, 4 of which are dedicated to paintings, engravings and postcards; one room is devoted to the stamps and another to the different images of the time, such as posters, magazines or books.

120 images belonging to 40 authors of different nationalities, including Spanish, French, English, Scottish and German, will be exhibited as well as a collection of 350 postage stamps and 200 postcards. The investment is MAD 5 million, fully funded by a private initiative.

The Cultural Space, in coordination with other institutions, also aims to organize conferences, publish publications and promote research around the history and culture of Tetouan.