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Architecture in Morocco is a blend of Black African and Islamic design styles, with the Islamic styles dominating in this combination. This is not only viewed in the building itself, but the lavish gardens, extravagant decorations and elaborate use of deep and contrasting color. Moroccans choose to decorate the interiors of buildings that gives these architectural wonders a unique and majestic atmosphere.
Chefchaouen is famous for its blue painted streets and doors. The town is situated in the Rif Mountains. in 1471 the town was founded by Moorish exiles from Spain. Following persecution by the Spanish Catholics the Jewish Population in Andalusia left Spain and settled here bringing with them the culture of painting blue. over the centuries the whole town became painted blue. blue pathways show a dead end or 'cul desac'.
"Doors always have stories to tell or stories to keep silent. Doors get old, as we do. This one reminds me of ancient times where present and past meet between the cracks, the rust and the colours that fade away..." Neveh Tzedek, Tel Aviv.
The Heilbronner Portal in Friedenskirche (Church of Peace, Potsdam, Germany) leads from the cloister area to the Maryl Garden. It is a replica of a Romanesque portal at the Heilsbronn monastery in Franconia. The church is part of the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park under the patronnage of King Frederick William IV.