Chefchouen - The Blue City of Morocco

An old tradition that still lives in the Jewish population of Chefchaouen, buildings and alleys are rinsed blue as the city is one of Morocco's most popular tourist destinations. The idea of blue-painted houses and buildings is a tradition from the former Jewish settlers. This practice was stated in the Bible as the Israelites were ordered to dye one of the threads in their prayer shawl or tallit blue with tekhelel. This used to be a natural dye processed from a particular species of fish. Yet, the production has since died out and people have forgotten how to make it. To honor the sacred commandment, the hue of blue was still instilled into the cloth of their tallit. The blue dye serves as a reminder of the blue sky and the God above in Heaven.


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