Photographer's Note

‘Marrakech - Historical swimming pool’

This isn’t really a swimming pool but a small artificial lake in the Menara Gardens.
But that afternoon in April it was quite hot (the temperature reached 37° C). So I understand the young local guys who took a dip in the water.

The pavilion you see was built during the 16th century by the Saadi dynasty. In 1869 it was renovated by sultan Abderrahmane of Morocco who used to stay there in summertime.
The word Menara refers to this pavillon with its small green pyramid roof (called a menzeh).

The gardens were laid out already in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu'min.
An old hydraulic system still carries water from the mountains that are at 30 km from Marrakech.

Today the gardens are a very popular picnic spot.

In Marrakech you can find postcards with a view of this pavillon and the snowcapped Atlas Mountains on the background. But these mountains are only visible with very clear weather. I think most of the postcards show pictures that are taken in wintertime.

In the workshop you find a second picture of the pavillon with some snow on the Atlas peaks in the distance (pic taken in April).

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3907 W: 17 N: 8898] (37344)
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