Doors are more than the sum of their parts in Sidi Bou Said village, Tunisia

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In Sidi Bou Said, the 13thcentury village high on a hill in Tunis, doors, iron grilles and latticework widow screens known as mashrabiya or moucharabieh are a special feature.

Doors can be turquoise, cyan, azure, deep sky.

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And then there’s this extraordinary yellow one.

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This door leads to a mediaeval shrine of a Sufi saint.

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The mashrabiya (also known as shanshool) is traditional in Arab building techniques, having been used on street-facing windows since the Middle Ages to provide privacy to the womenfolk.

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The decorative grille work is elaborate and differs from house to house, sometimes even window to window on the same house.

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Door knockers can take unusual forms.

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Sidi Bou Said is a feast for the senses — in more ways than one.

Originally published at www.rashmee.com on March 22, 2016.

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