Dar Ben Jelloun
Tetouan, Morocco

Dar Ben Jelloun is a courtyard house next to the Great Mosque of Tetouan, built by the Fasi family in the 19th century. Metal beams used in the construction of the house allowed for the removal of the pillars of the courtyard. It is remarkable for the use of Tetouani style zellij tilework, carved inscriptions in plaster, painted wood, and wrought iron. A small marble fountain in the center of the courtyard is replenished by the traditional water network that provides water to fountains throughout the medina. 


In 2013, after an extensive restoration, the house became and artists’ residence, exhibition hall, and headquarters for Trankat, a nonprofit society established to bring artists to the medina of Tetouan where they engage with the local community and local artisans. 


Sources: 


"En résidence - Tétouan." Institut français de Tétouan. Accessed November 27, 2017. https://if-maroc.org/tetouan/cooperations/culture/en-residence/.


"Qui sommes nous?" Trankat. November 09, 2015. Accessed November 27, 2017. https://trankat.wordpress.com/a-propos/lequipe-de-trankat/.


Saliou, Bérénice. "Trankat Street." Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art. Accessed November 27, 2017. https://universes.art/nafas/articles/2013/trankat-street/.

"En résidence - Tétouan." Institut français de Tétouan. Accessed November 27, 2017. https://if-maroc.org/tetouan/cooperations/culture/en-residence/.
Saliou, Bérénice. "Trankat Street." Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art. Accessed November 27, 2017. https://universes.art/nafas/articles/2013/trankat-street/
Location
2 Derb Ben Jelloun Jamaa El Kebir Area, Tetouan, Morocco
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Associated Names
Events
19th c./13th c. AH
2013 conversion to cultural center
Variant Names
Dar Ben Jelloun
دار بن جلون
Original
Casa Ben Jelloun
Translated
Trankat Street
Alternate
Societé Trankat
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Building Usages
cultural center
public/cultural
house
residential
Keywords
courtyard houses