A place you cannot afford not to visit when in Marrakech, Morocco is the enchanting Majorelle Garden, which is one of the most visited and exciting sites in Morocco.
I would say that it is like been to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower.
Marrakech is an important city in the North African country of Morocco, been the fourth largest city in the country.
If you are a lover of flowers, plants and gardens, then Majorelle Garden is a place to be, as it exudes an immensely delightful atmosphere made possible by the splendid collection of different species of flowers including Cactus plants from all over the world and a variety of palm trees as well as rustling bamboo forest.
The sight of the well tendered flowers in the garden together with its artist’s landscape will no doubt immerse you in the beauty of the garden providing you an unforgettable luxuriant imagery.
This Garden is a two and a half acre botanical garden with artist’s landscape, which is said to have been created with passion and dedication of the French Artist and Painter called Jacques Majorelle over a period of 40years beginning from 1923.
Historically, the Majorelle garden was designed by the French artist, Jacques Majorelle. As a young upcoming painter, Jacques Majorelle was sent to Morocco about 1917 to convalesce from a serious medical condition. After spending a short time in Casablanca, he went to Marrakech and could not help falling in love with the vibrant colors and street life he met there. Having travelled around North Africa and the Mediterranean, he finally decided to settle permanently in Marrakech.
In 1923, about four years after his marriage to beautiful Andrea Longueville, Majorelle bought a four-acre plot in Marrakech which he later gradually extended to 10-acre and built a house in the Moroccan style. He then began planting a luxuriant garden which would become known as the Majorelle Garden. The garden became his life’s work and he devoted himself to developing it for almost forty years.
The property was the residence of the artist and his wife from 1923 until their divorce in the 1950s. Following his divorce in the 1950s, Majorelle was forced to sell the house and land. After this, the garden was neglected and fell into disrepair. The garden and villa were rediscovered and purchased in the 1980s, by fashion designers, Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé who set about restoring it and saving it.
Today, the garden and villa complex is open to the public.
The villa houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, the Berber Museum and has recently opened the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
The garden is magical, gorgeous and supper busy. It is a must visit and it is like walking into a dream.
Unsurprisingly, as the garden was designed by a painter, the garden is composed and coloured ingeniously like a painting. Whispering to you here is the astonishingly vibrant primary colours, glowing with an intense blue.
Water is an intrinsic component of the garden-there are channels, lily-filled ponds and fountains.
As you glide along the shady lanes, in the mist of the trees and magical plants of ecclesiastic origin, you will walk past refreshing, burbling streams in an atmosphere saturated with dreamy fragrance permeating into your medulla oblongata and punctuated with adorable melody of numerous chirping birds who consider here a heavenly refuge.
I can for sure tell you that been in this Eldorado, you will instinctively begin to express your phographic gene as you will like take pictures of every thing.
Next time you think of where to go, think Majorelle!