One more photo provided by my "assistant" (my daughter) and slightly edited by me.
Chefchaouen is a magical dreamscape of a place, occupying the saddle between two peaks in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco.
Houses, stone walls, alcoves, arches, streets, are all covered in whitewash tinted a shimmering iceberg blue. Doors, sashes, ornate iron balconies and window grilles are painted in shades from cobalt to aquamarine.
The Spanish Influence
This lends the winding streets and stairs an underwater feeling -- as if a Greek village had been relocated to the bottom of the sea. In fact, Chaouen, as it is locally known, is in many respects a Spanish town, having been settled by Moorish refugees fleeing the Inquisition.
Christians were banned from entering the town until 1920, when Spanish troops occupied Northern Morocco. One of the three who tried to sneak in, an American missionary, was poisoned.
The Spanish influence can be seen in the town’s many Andalusian-style red tile roofs and heard in the cries of “Hola” in the streets.
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PaulVDV (23073) 2010-11-09 22:12
It must have been beautiful to wander around in that labyrinth of small alleys. This one is a very nice one with the dominant blue colour and the several small arches.
But is this Andalusian-style ? Or do we find the Moorish style in Andalusia ? :)
Best regards, Paul
KLB (23723) 2010-11-10 4:00
Chefchaouen seems to be a marvelous place to visit.
Each photo makes me want to visit the blue city.
This one gives a perfect idea of the narrow alleys, and the composition leads the eyes through the medina.
The typical blue tones are perfectly handled.
Perhaps I would have cropped the upper part, just above the arcade, to remove the overexposed part and have the feeling of "entering" into the image.
Anyway, a good shot. Compliments to both your daughter and you ;o)
Morac (27683) 2010-11-10 7:15
Chefchaouen is a marvelous place to visit.
It's just too bad there was not a man or a woman to go down this street at this time.
Jeppo (17645) 2010-11-10 14:29
nice depth and perspective. composition rich of details
vishaal (1042) 2010-11-17 22:04
A beautiful small narrow street. I like the blue painted walls and the arches. Good composition. Nice frame also.
Thanks for the informative note. Tfs.