Genoard, from the Arabic for Paradise Garden, occupied the western part of the Palermo plain. Sollatium buildings inspired by the Persian model, such as the Cuba, the Zisa, the Cuba Soprana and the Scibene, were located within the park. A grand Islamic garden, it was a place of pleasures filled with citrus gardens, pools of water surrounded by palm trees, orchards irrigated by perennial water, fountains and springs. The Normans used the palaces nestled in the Genoard as summer homes.