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Majorelle Garden – Here Lies Yves St Laurent

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)
Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

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.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

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.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

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 memorial of Yves St Laurent inside Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco

The memorial of Yves St Laurent inside Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco.

The windows, doors, ceilings are painted in bold colours with Moorish patterns.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Inside the Garden, is, of course, the Blue House, which is now a Berber Museum.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

There’s a lily pond.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

A fountain.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

And tall palm trees and cacti.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Strolling around gave me that strong feeling that artists once lived here. Creativity is everywhere.

Jardin Majorelle - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

Jardin Majorelle – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

At Galerie Love, you’ll find some of the original sketches that Yves St Laurent made in the same room where they’re displayed.

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

Majorelle Garden in Marrakech – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Morocco).

There’s Berber Museum shows Moroccan designs that influenced the designer in his fashion masterpieces.

Jardin Majorelle - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

Jardin Majorelle – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

The bookstore inside is also an art gallery with good collections of Yves St Laurent books, jewelry, clothes and more.

Jardin Majorelle - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

Jardin Majorelle – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

If you can afford the pricey menu at the cafe/restaurant, go and get something to drink or eat.

Jardin Majorelle - Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

Jardin Majorelle – Here Lies Yves St Laurent (Marrakech, Morocco).

Travel Tip: 
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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