The mystery of blue Moroccan city of Chefchaouen
The city of Chefchaouen, in the north of morocco, with blue dominion, is home to its distinctive design and is considered the most blue city in the world. What is the secret of the blue color that overshadows its features?
The city of Chefchaouen is located in the north of morocco. It was originally called Ash’oun. It was founded in 1471 by Ali bin Rashid. It witnessed the entry of the Arab conquerors Musa Ben Naseer, who built a mosque there, and Tariq ben Ziad, who still has a mosque bearing his name. The city is known as the center of the Arab armies against Portuguese colonization. It is characterized by its rugged mountainous terrain, its low valleys and steep slopes, and the area of Chefchaouen is 4,350 square kilometers.
The reason is called the blue city
This color is due to ancient customs dating back to the fifteenth century AD when Muslims and Jews began to leave Spain as a result of ethnic and religious cleansing of non-Christians.
When the Jews lived in Chefchaouen, they began to paint their houses in blue and then painted all their possessions later, which they thought was the closest color to the sky and that would remind them of God.
Since that time the city gradually turned into a blue gem. Among the cities of the world.
Despite the exodus of Jews from Chefchaouen after the Second World War, the city retained its distinctive color under government patronage, with the local administration renewing the colors of houses from time to time.
Chefchaouen has become one of the most important tourist attractions in Morocco because of its distinctive color that covers almost everything in the city from houses and houses to streets and roads to mosques and government departments. It also includes many other tourist attractions such as the old war fortress, which is located in the old area of the city and dates back to the fifteenth century AD while trying to defend the city against the Portuguese occupation. It also includes old neighborhoods such as Al Suwaiqa, Al-Anzar, Sabbanin, Andalus, Ras Al-Mawah and Maghrib.