Jardin de Majorelle in Marrakesh

The beautiful Jardin de Majorelle was created in the 1920s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvilleas lead you through an tranquil oasis in the heart of the city; this was Majorelle’s masterpiece, not his paintings.

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The garden fell into years of neglect before being purchased in 1980  by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge who lovingly restored it.  The Majorelle blues are brilliant.

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A Berber Museum shares the site and holds YSL’s beautiful collection of traditional Berber clothing worn at various festive occasions.   The museum is small, only three rooms and no photography was allowed but the displays are absolutely stunning and the collection is impressive including beautifully preserved traditional handcrafted jewelry, pottery, basketry and woodworking.

The Love Gallery also housed within the gardens contains a collection of “Love” posters Yves Saint Laurent designed over a period of 35 years and sent as greetings to his close friends.

 

 

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