The town of Casamassima is located in the Murge Baresi, 20 km from the capital of Puglia, Bari, and is known as Paese Azzurro, Blue Village, because of the colourful houses that characterise the historic centre. Flower-scented alleys, small stone houses, cobbled streets and blue-painted walls. Here we introduce you to one of the most beautiful and unusual villages in Puglia.
Casamassima could be called the Chefchauen (blue city in Morocco) of Italy: a fascinating town with painted walls: The two cities, as well as Jodhpur in India and Safed in Israel, are linked by the blue colour that characterises the façades of the houses in the three cities. While it was previously believed that the colour of the houses was a vow to Our Lady of Constantinople, who saved the city from the plague in the 17th century, there is a new explanation that links the Apulian village to the blue cities of the world.
According to the study conducted by architect Pagliara, the reasons for the blue colour are to be found in Jewish tradition: All these cities have in the past welcomed Jews on the run.
The colour blue in Chefchaouen has to do with the Spanish Jews who moved to Morocco after their expulsion from Spain, just as the colour Jodhpur in India and Safed in Israel have to do with the Jews who settled in this country and coloured their walls blue to feel close to paradise.
According to this hypothesis, Casamassima might have housed a Jewish community in the past. This hypothesis could be confirmed by one person: Miguel Vaaz de Andrade, a Sephardic Jew who bought the fief of Casamassima in 1609 for 76,000 ducats.
Visit the blue village of Casamassima in Apulia, you will be delighted.
Text: Anna © Italien.blog
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