12 July 2015
The monochrome buildings of a city is a rare phenomenon, as most of the times there is a reason why an entire city decides to “be painted” in a single color. Though the effect on a colorful city considered particularly impressive for the visitor, the 8 “monochrome” cities that will see then stand for blue, red, brown, yellow and white paint in buildings, shops, museums and churches, constituting wholly unusual tourist destinations.
1. Júzcar, Spain
Júzcar has only 220 inhabitants and is located in the province of Malaga, in southern Spain. In the spring of 2011, all the buildings in the city were painted blue to celebrate the premiere of the film “The Smurfs.” Although initially it had been decided to be temporary this monochrome, the large majority of the residents voted buildings to stay blue , since the tourist traffic of the city increased greatly.
2. Izamal, Mexico
Izamal is a city in the Mexican state of Yucatan, 72 km east of Merida capital, known by the common name “Yellow City”. And how else, after all, since the first thing one notices the visitor is the “mustard” color in all buildings. The reason; The monastery is a brand-mark in Izamal with yellow colour, so 15,000 more residents decided to paint houses, shops, churches, streets and squares of the same color.
3. Jaipur, India
Nicknamed the “Pink City” is typical for the city Jaipur, as all buildings have a striking architecture of pink sandstone – from large building structures to small markets in the city. Jaipur was founded in 1727 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II and in 1863 “was dressed in pink” to welcome Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. Since color was an integral part of the city and a key feature.
4. Jodhpur, India
In the middle of the barren Thar Desert you will find the “blue city”, that owes its name to the blue color of its buildings. Although generally unknown why the monochrome, most believe that due to the caste system in India, ie the separation of the inhabitants according to their professions (craftsmen, warriors, priests, workers, businessmen, etc.).
5. Collonges-la-Rouge, France
The town Collonges-la-Rouge is located 23 km southeast of Brive, in Limousin. It is a popular French town where the first thing that stands out the visitor is the red color of the houses. More or less, all the city buildings have been built from local red sandstone, creating a spectacular sight, which divides the city in high places in the list of “Most Beautiful Villages of France”.
6. Piódão, Portugal
The historic village of Piódão is located on the slopes of the mountain range Serra do Acor, in central Portugal. The houses are built from local materials: slate walls, roofs with stone and wood windows and doors. Because, indeed, of dark stone, almost all houses in the village have brown hue, while Piódão considered since 1980 as the most typical village of Portugal.
7. Ubrique, Spain
There’s a good reason why everything in the famous “white town” in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, southern Spain, is white: The sun is burning and white color reflects heat, keeping the interior cool. So almost all the facades of buildings painted in white, for better insulation …!
8. Chefchaoen, Morocco
The town Chefchaouen or Chaouen located in northwestern Morocco and is the capital of the homonymous province. The ancient city served as a refuge for Jews during the Spanish revolution in the Middle Ages. Jewish refugees who fled Europe during the 1930s, revived their neighborhoods in Chefchaoen, using blue.