Why are there cities in different parts of the world where everything is painted the same color?
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Usually a person seeks variety. In the design and color of their homes, everyone tries to show individuality. However, there are places on earth where people for centuries have shown an enviable uniformity of taste and paint the walls in only one color. Such sights attract the attention of tourists, so the support of the ancient design traditions today is getting a good financial motivation. In this review – a story about the most famous monochrome cities in the world.
Chavin (Chifchaouen), Morocco
This is probably one of the most famous “monochrome” cities in the world. All the buildings there are painted in different shades of blue, and this tradition is maintained by the inhabitants unswervingly since the Middle Ages. There are several explanations for this choice. According to one version, the color blue was chosen by Andalusian Jewish immigrants, who had to flee Spain in 1492 to escape the Inquisition. They chose blue as a reminder of God. According to another version, refugees of different faiths filled the city repeatedly, and the residents decided to paint the walls in a color that symbolizes peace and tolerance. There are almost no immigrants here now, but the tradition has survived.
The capital of the state of Rajasthan, founded in 1727, attracts the eyes of visitors with bright reddish buildings. It is also called the “Pink City”. The explanation for this phenomenon is very simple – all the buildings in the city are made of pink sandstone. It is this building material in large quantities can be found nearby, so that such a choice is quite economically justified. The city, which was built as the future capital, is very beautiful and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.
Isamal, Mexico, located on the Gulf of Mexico, is painted in sun colors and is called, as you can easily guess, “the yellow city.
The town is among Mexico’s “magical” attractions. This status was officially given to it by the country’s Department of Tourism. The small town in the south of Mexico has a rich history and literally consists of historical monuments throughout. The pleasant yellow-mustard color of the walls is a tradition that the residents have rigorously maintained for centuries. Its roots probably lie in the distant past – the town is over two thousand years old, and many cultural traditions of the Maya have been preserved here. For example, the main attraction – the Franciscan monastery of St. Antonio of Padua, built on the site of a destroyed ancient pyramid. It is possible that such a “sunny” choice once had a religious significance, but over time the reason has been forgotten, and the tradition has remained.
A small communal village located in the center of France in the province of Limousin, almost officially has the status of “the most picturesque” and attracts, of course, a lot of tourists. Each year it is visited by 600-800 thousand people (this despite the fact that the local residents in it only about 400). The reason for the monochrome settlement is also the local rock of which all the houses are built. Not surprisingly, in French the name of the village means “Red Column”.
The history of this Spanish village with only 200 inhabitants is very remarkable. The fact is that the blue color of the walls is not a tribute to an ancient tradition. Until recently, all the walls in the town were painted in the traditional Andalusian white color, but in the spring of 2011, the film company Sony Pictures approached the residents with an unusual offer. She was ready to pay everyone a decent amount of money for repainting the houses in a blue shade. This unusual promotional campaign anticipated the release of the film “Smurfs”. In two months, the movie company promised to return the village to its former appearance. The village at a general meeting decided to agree and it was a success. Over six weeks, 80,000 tourists visited the village (previously only a few hundred a year had come here). So when the contract expired, the residents decided not to “cut the chicken that lays their golden eggs” and remained “Smurf City.” Of course, the “osmurfy” design is now supported not only by color, but by numerous images and figurines of jolly blue men.
The colonial city, built in the 16th century, is maintained in a very strict style unity. In addition to the white walls here, all the roofs are covered with red tiles, and the balconies, windows and staircases have black wrought iron lattices. In addition, white lines are drawn on the roads paved with dark stone. The city is traditionally known for its silver craftsmanship. This is why Tasco is called the “Silver City of Mexico”.
It is interesting how completely opposite colors can be surprisingly beautiful, for example, the Italian city of Manarola attracts tourists with an abundance of colors.