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Tioumliline

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Of more specialized interest is the abandoned Benedictine monastery at Tioumliline (turn right a few hundred metres up the hill after the Ifriquia petrol station above Azrou on the Midelt road.) The monastery, founded in 1920, was finally relinquished in 1963, becoming a vocational training centre, abandoned along with the dispensary in the 1980s. Low stone buildings, a cloister planted with cypress, lilac, and a Judas tree survive on this beautiful site, as does the church building and the graves of five fathers. The monastery was important as a meeting place for Moroccan intellectuals in the heady days after independence, providing a refuge to abstract painter Gharbaoui, amongst others. The location is lovely and birdwatchers may find things of interest in the mixed deciduous/cedar woodlands here.

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