Created in the 18th century by Sultan Moulay Abdallah, the Jnane Sbil garden is a jewel of the Arab Andalusian tradition, extending over 7.5 hectares.
Jnane Sbil has suffered the ravages of time with the cumulative effects of drought. Full of history and memories, it is the oldest and most prestigious garden in Fez, the spiritual capital of the Kingdom.
It is a living memory.
Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, continuing the Foundation’s policy of historical park and garden preservation, has decided to rehabilitate this symbol of Fez’s history.
The Foundation project consists of restoration and a faithful return to the garden’s origins to develop its creator’s intentions, and bring back the charm and ambience of yesteryear to the people of Fez, while updating the park per current needs and constraints.
The project aims to:
- Rehabilitate heirloom plants and old hydraulic systems, precious jewels of ingenuity endowed by the past, i.e. fountains, water canals, windmills, etc.
- Restore the majestic central tree lined alley and the one in the bamboo garden, reconstruct the Washingtonia path, embellish the river banks, restore the ancient windmill, etc.
- Create a fragrance garden in the southeast area, reminiscent of the Fez gardens that captivated visitors.
There are also plans for restoration of the existing buildings and an addition of adjacent buildings to host the public, a refreshment area, restrooms etc.
This project reinforces the city’s cultural potential and its destiny as an international tourism destination, while benefitting the population.