Sidi Bou Said

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Sidi Bou Saïd
سيدي بو سعيد
Carthage Palace from Sidi Bou Said
Carthage Palace from Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Saïd is located in Tunisia
Sidi Bou Saïd
Sidi Bou Saïd
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 36°52′N 10°20′E / 36.867°N 10.333°E / 36.867; 10.333
CountryFlag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
GovernorateTunis Governorate
 • TypeUnitary Semi-Presidential Republic
 • MayorRaouf Dakhlaoui [1]
Population (2014)
 • Total5,911
Time zoneUTC1 (CET)
Area code(s)36° 52′ 0″ N, 10° 20′ 0″ E

Sidi Bou Said (Arabic: سيدي بو سعيدAbout this sound  Sīdi Bū Sɛīd) a town in northern Tunisia located about 20 km from the capital, Tunis.

Cafe de delice and coast view

Named for a religious figure who lived there, Abu Said al-Baji, it was previously called Jabal el-Menar. The town itself is a tourist attraction and is known for its extensive use of blue and white. It can be reached by a TGM train, which runs from Tunis to La Marsa.


Sidi Bou Said has a reputation as a town of artists. Artists who have lived in or visited Sidi Bou Said include famous occultist Aleister Crowley, Paul Klee, Gustave-Henri Jossot, August Macke and Louis Moillet. Tunisian artists in Sidi Bou Said are members of École de Tunis (painting school of Tunis), such as Yahia Turki, Brahim Dhahak and Ammar Farhat. French philosopher Michel Foucault lived there for a number of years while teaching at the University of Tunis. French author Andre Gide also had a house in the town.


In the 12th century/13th century AD Abu Said Ibn Khalaf Yahya al-Tamimi al-Beji arrived in the village of Jabal el-Menar and established a sanctuary. After his death in 1231, he was buried there. In the 18th century Turkish governors of Tunis and wealthy citizens of the latter built residences in Sidi Bou Said.

During the 1920s, Rodolphe d'Erlanger applied the blue-white theme all over the town. His home, Ennejma Ezzahra, is now a museum.

One of the most famous landmarks of Sidi Bou Said is what is known as the “Nejma Zahra” palace, built by the English Count Erlanger, which shows the manifestations of love and beauty reflected in its decorations, angles and ruins. Today it has turned into a museum that displays musical instruments and organizes concerts of classical and Arabic music.[2]



  1. ^ Report: Interview with the Mayor of Sidi Bou Saïd
  2. ^ "Top 20 sites in Tunisia". BonAdvisor.

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Coordinates: 36°52′N 10°20′E / 36.867°N 10.333°E / 36.867; 10.333