Blue Streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Blue Streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Blue Streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Blue Streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Blue Streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco The medina (old town) of Chefchaouen has a very relaxed atmosphere. The brilliant blue hues that cover the walls, streets make it quite unique.

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Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier. The city was founded in 1471 as a small fortress by Moorish exiles from Spain led by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. It was known as one of the main concentrations of Moriscos (converted Christian inhabitants of Spain and Portugal of Muslim heritage) and Jews who sought refuge in this mountainous city after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times. In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen to form part of Spanish Morocco and returned the city after the independence of Morocco in 1956.

Chefchaouen Street

Chefchaouen Street

The Blue Streets

The Blue Streets

The blue streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco, where residents use a blue dye to color the buildings.

Chefchaouen street

Chefchaouen street

Chefchaouen street

Chefchaouen in the Rif mountain area of Morocco. Notable for the blue paint which seems to cover most of the lower halves of buildings in the town. August 2008

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Cherchaouen is a small town in the Rif mountains in northern Morocco.

It is well known for it’s blue streets and buildings and perhaps one of the most amazing places you’ll ever visit.

 

 

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