Bab Segma

Fès, Morocco

Bab Segma

Bab Segma (Arabic: باب السيكمة) was a former Marinid gate in Fes, Morocco. It was located north of Fes el-Jdid and was built in 1286 as a part of the Marinid royal gardens located there. The towers of the gate are still visible today and the name of the gate is still used as a toponym in the area.

This gate was located in the area between what is now the Kasbah Cherarda and the walls of the New Mechouar. It is still marked by two massive octagonal towers dating from the Marinid period (with subsequent remodeling). These two octagonal towers are believed to have been part of an entrance to the Mosara Garden, a vast Marinid royal garden created in 1287 by Abu Ya'qub Yusuf to the north of Fes el-Jdid. The gardens were enclosed by their own walls and were supplied with water via a raised aqueduct that ran between Bab Dekkakin and Bab Segma. The aqueduct passed inside the octagonal towers before turning towards the interior of the gardens; rectangular openings in the mid-upper parts of the towers today show where the aqueduct once passed. The gardens fell into disuse and disappeared after the Marinid period, leaving only the towers of Bab Segma and a few other traces nearby.

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