CHEFCHAOUEN AND JODHPUR: THE BLUE CITIES OF MOROCCO AND INDIA - SVEN JOURNAL
CHEFCHAOUEN AND JODHPUR: THE BLUE CITIES OF MOROCCO AND INDIA
Chefchaouen in this first and second (below) photograph.
If you look for the Blue City in magazines and books around you will find yourself confused with options because the state of reality is that with globalization we all can finally see the bigger ( biggest??) picture and put the pieces together as never before. In fact the Blue City can refer to both Chefchaouen, in Morocco, and Jodhpur, in India.
THE BLUE CITY OF MOROCCO: CHEFCHAOUEN
The Blue City in Morocco is a gem tucked into the Rif Mountains, a blue village almost hidden from the rest of the world. Its long name shall remain unpronounceable to the profanes, shall we? This tiny city/ village was founded in 1471 as a fortress for the moorish to defend themselves from the Portuguese invasion in the Spanish territories, and it clearly grew over time to become what it is today. Taken in consideration that this village was created out of necessity rather than as a proper intentional creation, you can understand why the "urban plant" is a bit confusing and that there aren't many historically relevant buildings to see besides admiring the beautiful buildings colored in blue. The color blue comes from a jewish tradition which says that dying thread with blue and using it during a moment of prayer would be a good reminder of the power of God and the houses are a new reminder of that. They It is built against a hill so the greatest activity here is hiking besides eating local foods non stop and buying what sounds belittling to call souvenirs in the various emporiums: from the finest peculiar potteries to the great metallic jewels, there is no way you will leave empty handed!
THE BLUE CITY OF INDIA: JODHPUR
The Blue City in India, Jodhpur is located right in the middle of India and it is the most beautiful of the two Blue Cities because of the magnificent fort that watches over the entire city and because of the amazing architecture in general. There is plenty to see and visit and experience because unlike the blue city in morocco, this blue city is a real town with a population of over a million. The Blue cities were founded in a pretty close span time because the indian one was founded in 1459 and the urban plant is far more organized than the other blue city because this this town was meant to become the new capital of a new state, built on the ashes of the precedent one. The origin behind the blue colored houses is that it is meant to indicate the Brahmin caste because of the castes system ruling in India at the time. There are plenties of activities, as I've just said and between the visits to historical landmarks, textiles markets and the amazing indian cuisine you will not have a moment to rest. It is a true dream of mine to take part in the life of these beautiful cities even for just a few days and India is one of the countries written in bigger and brighter colors on my bucket list!
The word to you now: have you been to one or both of these Blue Cities? What are your thoughts? Is there another Blue City i should know about?? Confess: did i make you want to visit the Blue City of Morocco and India??
Images Credit for photos #3 and #5: Sandra Jordan, Others: Pinterest.