Sidi Bou Saïd is a village of international fame. It is known to be a world-wide heritage of the UNESCO. It is situated on the gulf of Tunis. Sidi Bou Saïd is a place that reflects the delicacy of its inhabitants due to its architecture.
The village steeped in an almost perfect harmony with it two symbolic colors: blue and white, which are imposed by the famous Baron Rodolphed’ Erlanger. The latter, encouraged the Bey to promulgate a law in order to protect the country, in 1915.
The small Bordj, that sheltered the Mourabitounes in the 9th century, stretched over the centuries to be transformed into a village sheltering the noblemen of Tunis. This expansion began in the beginning of the 17th century, after the Bey Hussien Ben Ali constructed a mosque whose monumental entry represents the current “Cafe des Nattes”. Then, Mahmoud Bey built his summer residence there, and new houses began to form the new village.
From the second half of the 20th century, a picturesque image stuck to Sidi Bou Saïd: The zaouïa of Sidi Chabâane was transformed into a Moorish coffee, some houses became luxury restaurants, like Dar Zarrouk, and the Souks became Bzzars. The “Kharja” of Sidi Bou Said celebrated every year, which became a kind of attraction for the tourists.
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