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Partial view of the Tetuán district. In the background, the Puerta de Europa (Gate of Europe) inclined buildings.

Tetuán is a district of Madrid. The district takes its name from Tetuán, the former Spanish protectorate in Spanish Morocco. When Leopoldo O'Donnell returned with his forces to Spain after the Battle of Tétouan (1861), he camped at a spot north of Madrid while a triumphal entry into the capital was being arranged. The camp, which acquired permanent structures as well as shops over time, became the Madrid neighborhood known as "Tetuán de las Victorias" (Tetuan of the Victories). When an administrative reorganisation took place in the 60s, some of the villages close to Madrid which had been reached by Madrid's enormous growing due to francoist politics were joined to Madrid, and so Tetuán de las Victorias became a district in the bigger city of Madrid.

Localization of the district of Tetuán.

Modern wards (barrios) of the district include Bellas Vistas, Cuatro Caminos, Castillejos, Almenara, Valdeacederas, and Berruguete.

The district has zones with very old houses, and therefore is inhabited by many immigrants from South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. But also there are located in the district some of the most relevant skyscrapers of the city, such as the Picasso Tower, making of it an important business area.

It was founded in Tetuán the Madrid Central Mosque, the second biggest mosque in Madrid, being a center of islamic culture and religion in Spain.


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