Magic Colors of Chefchaouen – The blue city of Morocco
Updated January 6, 2017 / João Leitão / 54 Comments / Filed in: Morocco 🇲🇦 / Reading time 2 minutes
Chefchaouen – the Blue City of Morocco.
Somehow, this blue painted old city stands out with a peculiar charm.
Chefchaouen is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and photogenic cities in Morocco. The name comes from the Berber word Achawen, “horns,” because of the mountain peaks that dominate and surround the city.
On this page, I selected some beautiful photos of Chefchaouen. I hope you enjoy this photo essay.
Photos of Chefchaouen – Northern Morocco
Chefchaouen was founded back in 1471 and hosted a population composed mainly of Andalusian Moors. There’s a small fortress called La Kasbah that was built to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco.
Chefchaouen has an extensive and remarkable religious heritage with dozens of mosques, oratories, zaouias, and mausoleums. Because of this irrefutable legacy, Chefchaouen earned the name of El-Madina Es-Saliha – the Holy City.
This Moroccan destination is the perfect place to spend a few days, exploring the medina, taking pictures and relaxing in its several street cafés – while drinking a delicious mint tea.
Christians were prohibited from entering Chefchaouen under death penalty. The first non-Muslim that finally visited the city in 1883 was the explorer Charles de Foucauld.
■ Visit another page with Chefchaouen photos by Jodi Ettenberg from Legal Nomads: Chefchaouen, Morocco in Photos – 38 photos from color and cobblestones in Chefchaouen, Morocco.
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