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Chefchaouen (s-tamazight: Ashawen ⴰⵛⵛⴰⵡⵏ, lit. “horns”), an Amazigh city called “The Blue Pearl of Morocco”. 

Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. The name of the city refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. Chef Chaouen” derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen.

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Chefchaouen (s-tamazight: Achawen ⴰⵛⵛⴰⵡⵏ, lit. “les cornes”), une ville Amazigh appelé “La perle bleue du Maroc”. 

Chefchaouen est une ville du Nord-Est du Maroc, bâtie à 600 m d'altitude au pied des monts Kelaa et Meggou, qui forment le Jebel Chaouen, sur la chaîne du Rif.  Le nom de la ville vient du berbère Achawen, « les cornes », en raison des sommets montagneux qui dominent et entourent la ville.

Photo by François Halard

It’s the antithesis of his other homes. Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, Morocco, which the iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent shared with his partner, Pierre Bergé, is the visual incarnation of a breath of fresh air. No collections of priceless paintings, museum-class Asian antiquities, Renaissance bronzes or walls clad in hand-carved wood paneling here. For almost a decade, until Saint Laurent’s death at 71 in 2008, his preference for artfully layered spaces heaped with beautiful rarities gave way to rooms of spare sophistication. The Villa Mabrouka (mabrouka is “luck” in Arabic) is by far his most surprising refuge and an object lesson in the power of paring back.

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