The Blue City IV by Damienne Bingham

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Chef Chaouen, Morocco. 2007

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
f/8, ISO 400, 1/1250s, 1/1600s, 1/1000s (left-right)

Chefchaouen is a city in northwest Morocco. It is the chief town of the province of the same name.

Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. The city was founded in 1471, as a small fortress which still exists to this day, by Moorish exiles from Spain to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco.

It was known as one of the main concentrations of Moriscos and Jews who sought refuge in this mountainous city after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times.

In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen to form part of Spanish Morocco. They returned the city after the independence of Morocco in 1956.

The name ‘Chefchaouen’ refers to the shapes of the mountain tops that tower over the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. It literally means “look at the horns”.

The blue-rinsed houses and buildings, are a tradition that comes from the town’s former Jewish population. (Care of Wikipedia)

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome work Damienne. Love those blue tones.

  • Thanks Don, glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 4 years ago

    Really wonderful creation!

  • Thanks Vadim!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760almost 4 years ago

    Must be awesome to go there!

  • Yeah it was certainly a special place. Definitely worth seeing Morocco once in your lifetime – a photographer’s paradise!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago have been featured in the First Things Group

  • Wow thanks Janis, that’s so wonderful!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 4 years ago

    Very striking!

  • Thanks Wendi!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very much

    – Damienne Bingham

  • zumi
    zumialmost 4 years ago

    brilliant work. what a wonderful colour. congrats on feature!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 4 years ago

    Lovewly work .!!Congrats on your feature !

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    3 March 2011 – 2 images per day

  • hampshirelady
    hampshireladyalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful! I could look at your PF all day! – if only I had the time LOL! A wonderful, varied and diverse gallery to be proud of.

  • That’s really very kind of you. I appreciate the encouragement and support! Thanks for taking the time!

    – Damienne Bingham

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