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Visit the Majorelle Garden

A trip to Morocco will be incomplete without a visit to the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech. This oasis is the masterpiece of French painter Jacques Majorelle, who moved to live in Morocco in 1919, in order to continue his career and cure tuberculosis. The territory of the garden was bought in 1924 and became an artist’s studio, where did he create his paintings.

Inside the Majorelle Garden

Majorelle was passionate about collecting plants. The colorful garden features a variety of exotic plants and flowers imported from all over Africa and Asia with an emphasis on seasonal color changes. The lush greenery includes cypresses, palms, olive trees, banana trees, Mexican cacti, and Asian lotuses. At the entrance, the visitor is greeted by a lush fountain and a small bamboo alley with benches. After the 40-degree heat of Marrakech, you find yourself in a quiet, shady garden, with singing birds.

After the death of Jacques Majorelle in 1962, the garden was abandoned for a while. But the famous French couturier Yves Saint Laurent and his friend Pierre Berger bought the territory of the garden in 1980 and took care of its restoration and maintenance.

The artist's old studio was converted into a small museum of Islamic art. Now you can see Majorelle's watercolors dedicated to the nature and landscapes of southern Morocco.

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