Is your favorite color blue? If so, then you may have found your architectural paradise in Sidi Bou Said, which is known for the extensive blue and white colors everywhere in town. The colors beautifully contrast against the pleasant turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea which the town overlooks.
Sidi Bou Said is located close to both Tunisia’s largest city, Tunis, as well as one of the country’s top tourist destinations in Hammamet, offering a relaxing getaway from the bustle without being too remote. It can be reached by taking the TGM train, which runs fron Tunis to La Marsa.
The town got its name from the prominent muslim religious figure, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji, who lived there, and today it has the reputation of being a place for artists. It has been the home for famous artists like Paul Klee, Gustave-Henri Jossot, August Macke, Saro Lo Turco and Louis Moillet. Most of the town’s artists today are members of the Ecole de Tunis, a painting school.
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