The Menara gardens are gardens sets in the west of Marrakech, Morocco, at the gates of the Atlas mountains. They were establish in the twelve century (c. 1130) by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu’min.
The name menara derives from the pavillon with its small green pyramid top (menzeh). The pavilion was sets during the sixteen century Saadi dynasty and renovated in 1869 by sultan Abderrahmane of Morocco, who used to stay here in summertime.
The pavilion and basin
The pavilion and basin are covered by orchards and olive groves. The intention of the basin was to irrigate the covering gardens and orchards using a sophisticated form of underground tunnels called a qanat. The basin is supplied with water thanks to an old hydraulic system which conveys water from the mountains located 30 km approximately away from Marrakech.
MENARA Gardens 360°