The one of the biggest and of the oldest riads of the medina of Marrakesh. The origins of the complex date back in the time of the Saadiens dynasty, more than four hundred years
ago. Reconstructed in the middle of the XIXth century by an influential boss of the Atlas, the Secret Garden was the abode of few of the highest political personalities of Morocco and Marrakesh. The riad, which we can today appreciate fully thanks to its recent restoration, is part of the big tradition of the Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces: the visitor can discover gardens and buildings which compose it and which constitute so many exceptional testimonies of the art of gardens, of the architecture and the hydraulics arabic. Thanks to the millennium and ingenious hydraulic technique of the khettara, the Secret Garden disposed indeed from its origin of domestic water, a rare privilege and an additional sign of its wealth. The original hydric system of the riad was restored too : The “ courses of the water ” show well the way the water coming from the Atlas was distributed inside the palace to irrigate gardens and stoke cookings, hammam and fountains.