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Sahrij Swani, Meknes

#1 of 6 in Nature in Fes-Meknes
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Today a weekend hangout favored by locals, Sahrij Swani once served as a water reservoir in times of drought and siege. Built by Louis XIV's contemporary, Moulay Ismail, this ornamental lake was once surrounded by tall ramparts much ruined by an 18th century earthquake. Even though a local historian, Ibn Zaydan, claims that the Alawid prince constructed the artificial lake for his pleasure boat rides, it is more likely that the water was used for practical purposes, such as irrigation of gardens. See the remains of the thick fortification walls, the royal stables, and a modern bronze statue of a water-bearer. Using our international travel planner, Meknes attractions like Sahrij Swani can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • An easy walk from the medina and a great place to take a picnic and sit on the benches and relax from the hubbub of the square.  more »
  • We toured Mekness as part of our tour of the country and came across this water catchment built at the same time as the fort. Nowadays it just irrigates the golf course and gardens whereas before...  more »

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