Majorelleis a twelve-acrebotanical gardenand artist'slandscape gardeninMarrakech,Morocco. Anarchaeological museum, it contains theIslamic Art Museumof Marrakech. The edifice was designed by the expatriate French artistJacques Majorellein the 1920s and 1930s.
Majorelle was the son of theArt Nouveaubnisteof Nancy,Louis Majorelle. Though Majorelle's gentlemanly orientalist watercolors are largely forgotten today (many are preserved in the villa's collection), the gardens he created are his creative masterpiece. The special shade of bold cobalt blue which he used extensively in the garden and its buildings is named after him,bleu MajorelleMajorelle Blue.
The garden hosts more than 15 bird species that are endemic to North Africa. It has many fountains, and a notable collection of cacti.
The garden has been open to the public since 1947. Since 1980 the garden has been owned byYves Saint-LaurentandPierre Berg. After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle garden.
Islamic Art Museum
The garden also houses theIslamic Art Museum of Marrakech, whose collection includes North African textiles from Saint-Laurent's personal collection as well as ceramics, jewelry, and paintings by Majorelle.
Fantazia Chez Ali
Authentic Moroccan cuisine (heaps of it) followed by an entertaining show of horsemanship. Musician-troupes from different parts of Morocco perform prior and during dinner.