In many countries of North Africa, there are aesthetic houses with deep blue doors. Maybe you’ve seen it in photos, maybe in movies. Have you ever wondered why it’s blue? For example, have you ever noticed the houses in Tunisia with white walls and deep blue doors? Or have you ever heard of Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco? Well, have you ever heard of the White Algiers district with white walls and blue doors and windows in the center of Algeria? In this article, as FGI Door and Loading Technologies, we will open the blue doors of North Africa for you.
Tunisia’s Blue Doors
Tunisia is the pearl of the Mediterranean with its coastline of approximately one thousand two hundred kilometers. The country attaches great importance to tourism. Tunisia attracts many tourists from Europe and Turkey with its historical bazaar, blue doors, houses and long beaches from the Ottoman period.
Hammamat and Susa are the cities visited by the most tourists in Tunisia. Both the historical appearance of the city of Hammamat and the presence of luxury hotels and resorts attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Various events and concerts are held in the ancient theater on the edge of the Mediterranean.
The city of Susa is the third largest city in the country. It is a city where tourism is active with its bazaars, historical mosques and ancient sites from the Ottoman period.
Another of the most interesting regions of Tunisia is the town of Sidi Bou Said, known as the “City with the Blue Door”. Located on the Mediterranean coast in the center of the capital Tunis, this city manages to attract the attention of tourists with its navy blue doors and windows and white walls. The hotels and holiday villages in the region, like the houses in the region, add aesthetics to the aesthetics of the town with this blue-white harmony.
Blue City Chefchaouen (Chefchaouen)
Located in the northern part of Morocco, at the foot of the Rif Mountains, the city of Chefchaouen has attracted the attention of tourists in recent years with its deep blue streets. The city was named Chefchaouen, meaning “double horn”, because the steep hills of the Rif Mountain behind it resemble goat horns. Founded by Arabs and Jews from Spain in the 13th century, this city has continued its blue tradition until today.
You can feel as if you are in an aquarium while you are wandering the narrow, deep blue streets, and you can feel yourself in Europe when you see the cleanliness and orderliness of the streets.
Undoubtedly, the biggest reason why tourists flock here is that this fascinating color of blue meets a different beauty in every part of the city. Especially for photography enthusiasts, when these beautiful colors come together with different objects, incredible photos can be created.
The town of Chefchaouen welcomes its guests with boutique hotels and hostels rather than big hotels or resorts. These establishments, which welcome their guests with local dishes and beverages, have been designed and built in a way that does not disturb the general architecture of the city.
Blanche Alger (White Algeria)
Algeria, which is one of the North African countries, is located on the Mediterranean coast between Tunisia and Morocco. The capital of Algeria is the city of Algiers with the same name. Just like in many North African countries, there are white houses with blue doors in Algeria. There is a Mediterranean climate in the north of the city and a desert climate in the south. You can find a piece of history in almost every part of the city. The city was first established by the Phoenicians, then captured by the Roman Empire, and in the 16th century it passed under the auspices of the Ottomans. Finally, it was occupied by the French in the 19th century, and Algeria declared its independence in 1962.
For these reasons, it is possible to see traces and monuments of Roman, Ottoman and French culture in the city. The houses reflecting the French architecture, especially in its narrow streets, allow you to feel the air of the east and west at the same time.
The reason why the city of Algiers is called “Blanche Alger”, that is, White Algeria, is that there are many white houses in the city. When these white houses of French architecture are completed with blue doors and windows, as in other North African cities, a perfect aesthetic appearance emerges with the synthesis of west and east.
We have examined some of the most touristic regions of North Africa, which are famous for their blue doors. So, any guesses as to why it’s blue? In fact, most of the houses in many cities in many countries in North Africa, especially in old settlements, have either blue or blue doors and windows. The reason for this is that they are very abundant in the hot climates of North Africa. Local people have painted their houses or their doors and windows blue for centuries to prevent scorpions from entering their homes. Because they believe that the scorpion perceives the color blue as the color of fire and they do not approach any place with a blue reflection. It is not known how true this is, of course, but this method, which the North Africans unwittingly did just to protect themselves, has led to an extremely aesthetic appearance.
Yes, we have come to the end of our article. As Fgi Door and Loading Technologies, one of the industry leaders in sectional doors, fast doors and rolling shutters, we talked about the blue doors in North Africa. It was nice to share something with you both culturally and aesthetically. If you want to go to North Africa one day and breathe the air there, we would like you to see the blue doors and even send us a photo from there. As Fgi Door and Loading Technologies family, this makes us extremely happy. See you in a new article, stay tuned.