The town of Chefchaouen and its 15th century Kasbah in the foreground, in the Rif mountains of North West Morocco. The Kasbah or fortress served as military camp, seat of power and rulers residence and was used by Ali Ibn Mousa Ibn Rashid in his jihad against the Portuguese. It is surrounded by a wall with 11 defensive towers and a 4-storey watchtower and contains a garden of orange, jasmine and palm trees. It now houses an art gallery and ethnography museum. Chefchaouen was founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rashid El Alami to house the muslims expelled from Andalusia. It is famous for its blue painted houses, originated by the Jewish community, and is listed by UNESCO under the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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The town of Chefchaouen and its 15th century Kasbah in the foreground, in the Rif mountains of North West Morocco. The Kasbah or fortress served as military camp, seat of power and rulers residence and was used by Ali Ibn Mousa Ibn Rashid in his jihad against the Portuguese. It is surrounded by a wall with 11 defensive towers and a 4-storey watchtower and contains a garden of orange, jasmine and palm trees. It now houses an art gallery and ethnography museum. Chefchaouen was founded in 1471...
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