At Majorelle Garden in Marrakech (Morocco), the legendary French fashion designer, Yves St Laurent rests peacefully – among bamboos, cacti and other exotic plants. “The Blue House” or “The Blue Mansion”, as the locals call it, is an amazing oasis of tropical plants, a fountain and a lily pond.
Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco)
The garden was owned by a French painter, Jacques Majorelle, who dedicated his life turning the two and a half acres of land to a delightful garden that is now today.
In 1980, the garden was bought by fashion icon, Yves St Laurent who fell in-love with the city. Many of his designs were inspired by the beauty he saw around the country.
Yves St Laurent and his long-time partner, Pierre Berge, lived here from time to time. They maintained and kept the garden as it was. When Yves died in 2008, he gave this garden away to the people of Marrakech. His ashes were scattered here and a memorial is in place to honour him.
The windows, doors, ceilings are painted in bold colours with Moorish patterns.
Inside the Garden, is, of course, the Blue House, which is now a Berber Museum.
There’s a lily pond.
And tall palm trees and cacti.
Strolling around gave me that strong feeling that artists once lived here. Creativity is everywhere.
At Galerie Love, you’ll find some of the original sketches that Yves St Laurent made in the same room where they’re displayed.
There’s Berber Museum shows Moroccan designs that influenced the designer in his fashion masterpieces.
The bookstore inside is also an art gallery with good collections of Yves St Laurent books, jewelry, clothes and more.
If you can afford the pricey menu at the cafe/restaurant, go and get something to drink or eat.
Visit other places tourist attractions in Marrakech in the morning. When the sun gets hotter at noon or early afternoon, hop on cab to Majorelle Garden. The lush greenery and shades all over is a refuge from scorching heat. There are benches everywhere, so you’ll find a spot that suits you – alone or with company.
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