It took over 1,300 craftsman three full years to make the dream come true, with incredibly opulent mosaics, carvings, stonework and gilding. Every room boasts museum-quality examples of zellige, which is the terra cotta tilework covered with enamel that distinguishes Moroccan dwellings. The architecture and landscaping was so artfully done that in a few years, after the foliage began to mature, the brand new palace looked as if it had been there for centuries. The lush landscaping includes stately palms, rose, orange and cactus gardens, ornamental lakes, marble fountains, and a bamboo forest. This is one villa that is truly fit for a king.