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My favorite feature of Tunisia would be the charming doors found all over Tunis and beyond. The doors are usually blue (the Tunisian color of prosperity and happiness), although I also saw them in vibrant shades of orange, yellow, green, brown and red. Against the bleached white stone architecture, the heavy wooden doors are dazzling. Each door is studded with large nails in traditional patterns, and always have three handles, which correspond to bells which inform the people inside of the nature of their visitor. Traditionally, the left handle is for guests, the right for the man of the house, and the smaller knob on the lower right for the wife and children of the household. Nowadays, the handles have lost their significance, but the beauty of these doors remains the trademark of Tunisia. It was impossible to resist the urge to photograph them. They just beckoned to be opened, to reveal their secrets…

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  • GalbaSandras
    GalbaSandrasabout 4 years ago

    I love the look of old doors. You could do a hole book onthe subject. Verry interesting the info onthe meaning of the handles. Nice work

  • Thanks for the comment! Yes, you’re right! Those doors are begging to be made into a book.

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonabout 4 years ago
  • Very cool! Thank you!

    – Jamie Alexander

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