Feeling Blue: A Photo Journey Through Chefchaouen, Morocco

No, not that kind of blue. We’re talking about vivid blue-painted buildings and street corners. The kind of blue that makes your jaw drop at every turn. The kind of blue you can find throughout the streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco.

The city is painted that way because the Sephardic Jews who lived there in the 1930s believed that the color symbolized the sky and heaven. While Jews don’t live there anymore, the tradition of painting the city walls blue lives on.

Get ready to go on a colorful photo journey through Chefchaouen, Morocco.

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Flower pots compliment the radiant blue walls


Courtesy of Mark Fischer/Flickr

Tree branches tangle together across a narrow street

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You’ll often find cats wandering through the Medina



Bikes are probably the easiest way to get around as most cars won’t fit



A man wanders down the street



Beautiful brass for sale



It doesn’t get any bluer than this



An aerial view of the city

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Courtesy of Dave / flickr

Shadows paint a mystery on a wall

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Courtesy of Pejman Parvandi / flickr

A young girl stands at a door

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Courtesy of Admanchester / flickr

Playing chess in the street

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Courtesy of Catchpenny / flickr

A striking blue door of a hotel

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Courtesy of Pascal Tribillon / flickr

Light passes through a roof to the street below

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OSSOBUKO / Shutterstock

Even the signs are painted blue

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Some of the pigments used to create it

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