Chefchaouen Blue City : New Book

Chefchaouen Blue City : New Book

Following considerable time spent in Morocco, and the accumulation of many images, it became compelling to try to undertake a more permanent presentation of some of the photographs taken. The most moving experience for me was the time spent in Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains, where the city is predominently painted in variants of the colour blue. It is thought that this application of blue was started by Jewish inhabitants who considered blue to be closer to heaven, and the colour was applied liberally throughout the city. There is also considerable parts of the nearby coastal city Essaouira painted blue, and this is a city recognised as the site of primary occupation of Jewish communities throughout Morocco. Perhaps there is a correlation.

My time in Chefchaouen was made infinitely more cheerful by staying within a traditional Moroccan building called the Small White Palace. (more…)

Chefchaouen Blue City of the Djeballa

Chefchaouen Blue City of the Djeballa

The city of Chefchaouen,  the jewel of the fierce Djeballa tribe in the Rif Mountains of Morocco, sits cradled between the twin peaks of Jbel ech Chefchaouen,  ‘the horned mountain’,  40 miles south of Tangier.  Founded in 1471 in honour of Moulay Abd es Salam Ben Mchich, the patron saint of the area, it was first a citadel before becoming a destination for Muslim and Jewish refugees expelled from Spain under the Christian reconquestre.   Crossing the Straits of Gibraltar was,  as it remains today,  a rite of passage for migrants driven by religious, economic and political necessity.

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