Conseil Régional du Tourisme de Marrakech
A History of Epic Proportions
In the eleventh century, out of a glittering oasis at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the city of Marrakech was born. It was to become later known as the city of 100.000 palm trees. In 1062, the sultan Youssef ben Tachfine chose this well-sheltered site to establish his encampment. To surmount water scarcity, the sultan issued orders to dig wells and plant palm trees that had to be watered through a system of Ghettaras. This ingenious network of underground ducts is, until today, being used to irrigate the gardens of the city.