Morocco Day 3… Chefchaouen…


Day 3… Morocco’s blue city, Chefchaouen…

It was the Jewish settlers that migrated here from Spain in the early 1500’s that first painted this city blue… The blue tradition continued as it was later known that this colour is a good repellant, against the mosquitoes found here in the Rif mountains…

11428497_10153261934250020_8525601815402011776_nThey say that after the Spanish Inquisition in 1492, a large number of Jewish people migrated to the North of Morocco. They say that Morocco is the only Islamic country that welcomed Jews. They also say that this is because before Islam spread across North Africa, the Berbers (a local desert tribe) lived along with the Jews, in peace, here in Morocco…

If we don’t know where we came from, I’m really not sure how we can possible know where we are going… People of different religions living in peace, especially in this part of the world, is definitely a dream of mine…

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