The Gardens of Marrakech

Williams, Stephen
July 2004
Middle East;Jul2004, Issue 347, p60
Marrakech has long been famed for its exquisite gardens. Originally the capital of the ancient Almoravid empire, the fabled pink city grew rich on the trans-Saharan trade in gold and ivory, and both wealthy merchants and the city's rulers took pride in planting gardens of great beauty and sophistication. Some of the most ancient landmarks in Marrakech are the gardens originally laid out by the 12th century Almoravid Saharan chieftain Abou Bekr and his cousin Youssef Ben lachfine. Nearby the busy city airport are the Menara Gardens, a 250-acre expanse of wide avenues, palms and olive trees.


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