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Town painted ‘Smurf blue’ votes to stay that way

Published On: Jul 24 2013 10:19:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 09:59:24 AM CDT
Smurf village, Juzcar

REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A beautiful Spanish village painted blue in 2011 for a promotion for the movie "The Smurfs 3D" now wants to stay that way.

In the midst of a country-wide recession, the village of Juzcar has discovered that the blue buildings have become a huge tourist attraction, according to Reuters.

"We calculate that around 210,000 tourists have visited us since we painted ourselves blue two years ago, and people keep on coming," said Juzcar Mayor David Fernandez.

Juzcar is a traditional village nestled amongst forests in the southern region of Andalusia, Spain with a population is fewer than 250 people. All the buildings in the town are now painted blue, including its church and town hall. Sony Pictures used the town to host an event to promote the movie "The Smurfs 3D" years ago with the intention of repainting everything white after the event, but residents voted to keep it blue.