Sunday, January 15, 2017

The absolutely unbelievable blue city that came out of a dream

By David Chutlashvili

In the north of Morocco, there is a small town called Chefchaouen. This unbelievable place can be called a ’blue dream,’ since the old part of it is filled with buildings painted in all shades of blue — from light blue to aquamarine.

This beautiful coloring was introduced by Jewish refugees, who believed that the more you look at anything blue, the more often you think about afterlife. 

These Jewish refugees were not fanatics. They were freethinkers, agnostics, and atheists. They had poetic ideas about life after death. 

This is a long-standing tradition in Chefchaouen; All buildings are painted blue, although these Jewish refugees are no longer alive. But there is no fanaticism in this beautiful city. Chefchaouen lives very quietly.

This small city proves that when humanity will survive, only with the help of poetry and cultural exchange. 

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