Sidi Bou Said is a small suburban town near Tunis. The town itself is an attractive tourist location known for the extensive use of blue and white colors on buildings. Here is located the former palace of Rodolfe d’Erlanger, a wealthy French banker who built his manse overlooking the sea between 1909 and 1921. He named it Ennejma Ezzahra (sometimes spelled Nejma Ezzohara).
The grand structure now houses the Centre des Musiques Arabes et Méditerranéennes, a music school. He helped to revive the musical genre known as ‘ma’luf’ during the 1920s. He transposed the Arabic musical scale to that of Western music, maintaining his own orchestra of Arab musicians to do so. He is also known for his six-volume work about the history of Arabic music.
Rodolfe was an accomplished painter whose art works hang throughout the palace and in numerous museums. He lived from 1872 to 1932 and died of lung disease at the age of 56 (or 60 as accounts vary).

 

Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said town scene
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said town scene
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said town scene
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said town scene
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said decorative studded door
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said decorative studded door
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said pedestrian street
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said pedestrian street
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said back street with blue details
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said back street with blue details
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said view of the town
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said view of the town
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said sea from the palace Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said sea from the palace Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said upscale mansions near Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said upscale mansions near Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said sea view
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said sea view
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said marina
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said marina
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said marina
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said marina
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said summer beach
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said summer beach
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said tourists and cafes
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said tourists and cafes
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said. Boy Buying a pastry  (photo by
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said. Boy Buying a pastry (photo by Charles O Cecil)
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, entry walk to the palace Ennejma
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, entry walk to the palace Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, entry walk to the palace Ennejma
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, entry walk to the palace Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, front facade of the palace Ennejma
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, front facade of the palace Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, one of the gardens of the
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, one of the gardens of the palace Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, front entry door to the palace
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, front entry door to the palace Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, interior delicate  traceries of woodwork in
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, interior delicate traceries of woodwork in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, intricate stucco carved arches  and delicate
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, intricate stucco carved arches and delicate wooden coffered ceiling in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said library in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said library in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, main corridor in Ennejma Ezzahra with
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, main corridor in Ennejma Ezzahra with water trough and fountain
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, Baron Rodolfe's painting  of his wife
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, Baron Rodolfe's painting of his wife and other works in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, Baron Rodolfe's painting  of Arab market
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, Baron Rodolfe's painting of Arab market in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, Baron Rodolfe's self portrait in Ennejma
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, Baron Rodolfe's self portrait in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, bedroom in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, bedroom in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, lattice window shades in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, lattice window shades in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, parlor room in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, parlor room in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, alcove bed in Ennejma Ezzahra  with
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, alcove bed in Ennejma Ezzahra with bed warmer on right and gilded ceiling
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, window in the wife's  bedroom in
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, window in the wife's bedroom in Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, direction sign to Ennejma Ezzahra
Tunisia, Sidi Bou Said, direction sign to Ennejma Ezzahra