Savannah. Charleston. New Orleans. San Antonio. These colonial-era cities inspire the courtyard garden ideal: green and lush, with beautiful plants, pools and fountains, paved with stone, tiles or bricks, & protected by sheltering walls with gates that reveal a table and chairs for cocktails or an al fresco meal...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Moroccan Courtyard Gardens

Courtyards in Morocco truly function as "little Edens" for their owners. They provide seclusion, shelter from the sun and heat and a stylized vision of paradise. The houses found in the old-town sections, or medinas, of Fez, Casablanca, and Marrakesh have rooms which are closed to the outside world, but all open into the interior common courtyard garden. 

This shady courtyard is can be found in Fez. It is part of ALIF, the Arab Language Institute of Fez, and this picture was found here. 

This wrought iron grate provides glimpses of the paradise enclosed within at the Palais Bahia in Marrakech. Found on a great "what to do in Marrakesh" blog. 

The above beautiful courtyard is found at the Riad Lune et Soleil in Fez. The blue and white tiles stay cool underfoot and the trickle of the fountain is psychologically cooling.

This courtyard is one of several at a luxurious hotel in Marrakesh, The Villa des Orangers. Candle lanterns on the ground provide non-electric flickering light as the early evening lengthens.

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