Photographer's Note

Sidi Bou Said

Tunisia may be the smallest country in North Africa, but its strategic position has given it an eventful history. The Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans and French have all inhabited the region at some point in history. The earliest humans probably stumbled onto this area a few hundred thousand years ago as they traveled northwest across the Sahara from East Africa. It is believed that in those days what is now desert was covered with trees, scrub, and grasses similar to the plains of Kenya and Tanzania today. The earliest hard evidence of human inhabitation was discovered near the southern oasis town of Kebili and dates back about 200,000 years.

Sidi Bou Said was named for Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji, a Muslim religious figure who lived there. It is located about 20 kilometers from Tunis, the capitol of Tunisia. Sidi Bou Said is known for the extensive use of blue and white colors all over the town.

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