Poison, Politics, and a Prominent Watchmaker: The Story of Jardin Secret
In the 16th century, Sultan Moulay Abd Allah urbanized the Mouassine district and built the Marrakech Secret Garden.
But like many buildings in Marrakech, the palace was destroyed in the 17th century after the fall of the Saadian dynasty.
In the 19th century, a new chateau was built on the same spot, respecting the old layout. Over the years, the palace changed hands from sultans to politicians of Morocco.
Sultan Muhammad IV despised caïd U-Bihi and took him out with poisoned tea. The property then went to Moulay Mustapha, a prominent judge with strong ties to the ruling family.
In 1912, the qadi traded the palace for al-Hajj Muhammad Loukrissi's Fez house. Loukrissi was already a prominent watchmaker in Marrakech. He also had been appointed chamberlain of Sultan Moulay 'Abd al-Hafiz in 1908.
In 1912, Loukrissi moved into the palace when the sultan was exiled and lived there until he died in 1934. Sadly, the palace fell into disrepair due to neglect after his passing.
The Majestic Architecture and Design of the Secret Garden
The Secret Garden of Marrakech is an absolute marvel, boasting two riads that are simply breathtaking.
Enclosed by high walls that shut out the world, the riads are rectangular and surround a vast, verdant garden. The center of the Garden features a magnificent marble basin surrounded by four beautiful parterres.
The pavilions are a work of art, with pointed arches and wooden lintels that lead to exposed beam ceilings, double doors, and low windows.
The palace's grandeur is evident in its impressive dimensions, the presence of the private hammam, the dome, and the tower.
The tower and dome, rising above the medina, are symbols of the owner's wealth and power.
The decorative elements of the Secret Garden are impressive. The exquisite craftsmanship of local artisans is on full display.
You can find stunning zellij, inlaid cedar wood, and beautiful hand-carved plasterwork.
In short, the Secret Garden is a true masterpiece and a must-see.
The Garden: Tranquility and Serenity
The Secret Garden is an exceptional masterpiece of green spaces. It has two gardens with different styles, the exotic garden, and the Islamic garden.
The Islamic garden has a quadripartite plan and strict geometric rules. It is an oasis of tranquility that offers the perfect environment for relaxation and contemplation.
Tom Stuart-Smith, the talented landscape architect, meticulously designed the layout of these gardens.
In most Islamic gardens, a source lies in the middle. And the Secret Garden is not an exception.
Here, fountains and marble basins create mesmerizing light shows. And the gentle sound of water promotes peace and reflection.
Muslims view water as a symbol of life and divinity. According to the Quran, paradise is a garden with flowing rivers.
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Le Jardin Secret
Rue Mouassine 121
40030 - Marrakech medina - Morocco
Mobile: +212 (0)667 81 38 68
Telephone: +212(0)524 39 00 40
February and October: 9.30 am - 6.30 pm
From March to September: 9.30 am - 7.30 pm
From November to January: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Entrance Fee: 80 MAD
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