Saadian Tombs, Marrakesh

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    Saadian Tombs

    by lotharscheer Updated May 19, 2016

    The Saadian Tombs date back to sultan Ahmad al Mansur in the 16. century, about 60 members of the Saadi dynasty are resting here.
    Opening times:
    Monday to Sunday from 9 am tto 6 pm
    Entrance fee is 20 Dirham
    Located at Rue de La Kasbah, next to the Moulay el Yazid Mosque.

    Website: http://www.tombeaux-saadiens.com/en/

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    Another fine example of Moroccan-Andalusian art

    by Belsaita Updated Jan 29, 2016

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    The site is contemporary with the Ben Youssef Medusa and the similarities between the two are evident. It is small but very beautiful.

    An interesting fact about this place is that it was hidden for many years. Mousy Ismail (1672-1727) took over in Marrakesh and destroyed the adjacent Badi Palace. However, superstition probably kept him from destroying the burial grounds. He sealed up all their entrances instead, except a small obscure gate.
    Therefore, the Saadian Tombs lay hidden and mostly forgotten until 1917, when they were discovered during a French aerial survey. A passageway was built from the side of the Kasbah Mosque (this is why you enter trough a strange passageway) and the site was later restored.

    Address: Next to Kasbah Mosque, off rue de la Kasbah

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    Saadian Tombs

    by Airpunk Updated Apr 13, 2015

    What is today one of the main sights in Marrakesh, was left into decay until 1917. The tombs were used as a kind of backyard until air photography revealed what kind of treasure was hidden in the city. Since then, the tombs have been restored to former glory. The artwork of tiles is amazing! The tombs were constructed for the rulers of the Saadian dynasty as well as their relatives, servants and soldiers. Most prominent member of this dynasty was Sultan Ahmed Al-Mansour who died in 1603. The tombs all date from the 16th and 17th century and were disused when the Saadian dynasty fell in 1696. There are three main halls, the most famour being the "Hall of the Twelve Columns". You can say, that family members are buried inside and soldiers and servants outside. The closer one was to the Sultan, the more opulent the tomb would be.

    There is an entry fee of 10 Dirham which is more than worth it. There are guides offering their duties for a negotiable fee. For the average tourist, a conventional text from one of the better guidebooks should be enough for some details. There is also some very basic information available in English, Arabic and French. If you wish more details than that, try to haggle the guide down and arrange on a fixed price or join an organised tour. Unfortunately, the area close to the entrance is popular with street vendors and touts, so be prepared to shake them off. 30-45 minutes is an adequate time for the visit.

    To the south of the Medina, close to Bab Agnaou Gate. The entrance is in the far right (southeastern) corner of the square at Rue de la Kasbah.

    Address: Rue de la Kasbah, Marrakesh

    Directions: To the south of the Medina, close to Bab Agnaou Gate in the old Medina. The entrance is in the far right (southeastern) corner of the square at Rue de la Kasbah.

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    The Saadian Tombs' gardens

    by spanishguy Updated Aug 27, 2014

    Outside the building are a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants, with less highness than Al-Mansur and the Royal Family, but also with some graduation. They are made in tiles with different colors.

    Visiting hours

    The tombs are open daily from 9 to 12 and from 14,30 to 18 and the entrance costs 10 Dirhams (1€). *If you are coming with a private guide he is allowed to come into with you and he does not need to pay at all.

    Directions: in the old Medina

    The garden

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    The Saadian Tombs' rooms

    by spanishguy Written Aug 26, 2014

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    The first sight we visited with Abdul, our Spanish speaking official (and very professional) guide, were the Saadian Tombs. It's really curious because they were built in the 16th century as a mausoleum to bury numerous Saadian rulers and entertainers, but it was lost for many years until the French rediscovered it in 1917 using aerial photographs.

    They're next to the south wall of the Almohad mosque of the Kasba, separating this burial place from the street. As long as in Morocco is forbidden the access to the mosques to all non Muslim people there is a closed corridor letting everybody to access to the tombs without passing thru their worship place.

    The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa, next to Marrakech. Among the graves are those of Saadian sultan Ahmad al-Mansur and his family, all of then descendants from Mahoma. His own tomb, richly embellished with decorations, was modeled on the Nasrid mausoleum in Granada, Spain, and the material is marble coming from Carrara, Italy.

    The building is composed of three rooms. The best richest one has a roof supported by twelve columns and encloses the tomb of al-Mansur's son. The room exemplifies Islamic architecture with floral motifs, calligraphy, zellij and carrara marble, and the stele is in finely worked cedar wood and stucco. The importance of the persons buried are highlighted by the decoration and highness of the tomb, as you can see in the pictures.

    Directions: In the Kasba, next to the Almohad mosque

    Al-Mansur family tombs Dealing of Al-Mansur tombs, made in Granada The second best room, with children tombs Tombs in the second room

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    Saadian Tombs

    by antistar Written Jan 19, 2014

    These tombs, discovered in 1917, date back to the 17th century and belong to the Sultan of Morocco, his family and entourage. On their own the tombs are quite plain - there is a deliberate modesty to them. In fact the grave markers are so ordinary you can only really tell the difference between a king and a servant from its position.

    With the Saadian tombs the beauty is in the detail. Look closely and you will see magnificent etched and carved cedar frames and incredible examples of local tadelakt (stucco) - unrenovated because of the incredible staying qualities of its unique marble dust and egg mixture.

    Directions: South of Djemaa el Fna - next to the Kasbah Mosque

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    Interesting .......

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 6, 2013

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    The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech.
    The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family. The building is composed of three rooms. The most famous is the room with the twelve columns. This room contains the grave of the son of the sultan's son, Ahmad al-Mansur. The stele is in finely worked cedar wood and stucco work. The monuments are made of Italian Carrara marble.
    Outside the building is a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants.

    There is no signage at the site ... take a good tour book !!!!! As for time spent here ... you can see everything in 30 minutes in a non rushed way !!!!!

    Admission price was 10 dirhams ... about $1.50 US

    Directions: in the old Medina, one of the stops on the hop on/hop off bus !!!!

    Beautiful marble tombs !!!!! Small but beautiful !!!! This could be a cover of a tour book !!!!!

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    Beautiful and peacefull

    by stevemt Written Oct 21, 2011

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    The Tombs, were only relativly recently re-discovered when a very narrow alley was found at the rear of a mosgue. This, on investigation lead to these tombs that had been lost.

    The complex comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family.

    Directions: in the old Medina

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saadian_Tombs

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    Saadian Tombs

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A highly recommended place to visit in Marrakech are the Saadian tombs, located just near the Kasbah Mosque in the Kasbah district.

    The tombs date back to the time of the Sultan Ahmad I al-Mansur, who died in 1603. Amazingly, the tombs were only re-discovered in 1917, and have since been restored.

    The complex is home to tombs of about 60 members of the Saadi Dynasty. Most of the tombs have been arranged in two separate mausoleums which overlook a garden. The most famous room is the one with twelve marble columns, as this is where Ahmad I al-Mansur and his family have been laid to rest.

    Outside the building is a pretty garden, and the graves of soldiers and servants can been seen here beneath the orange trees.

    Opening Hours:
    8am-12pm & 2.30pm-6pm

    Admission Price:
    10 dirham

    Address: Rue de la Kasbah, Kasbah - Marrakech Medina

    Directions: In the Kasbah district of the Medina, just next to the Kasbah Mosque

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    Ancient Tombs

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 15, 2009

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    The Tombeaux Saadiens are located next to the Mosque of the Kasbah. The tombs hold the remains of rulers from the 15 & 1600’s. It was a very interesting place with mosaic tiled tombs – just the top (umarked) was above the ground. Definitely recommend a visit here.

    Open 9-12 and 2:30-6:00

    Guides are available (negotiate price before), tours last about 30 minutes.

    Address: Street of the Kasbah

    Directions: In the old Medina

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    Fine example of Moroccan-Andalusian decorative art

    by angiebabe Updated Jun 24, 2009

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    A visit here will lead you to the mausoleum of the Saadians held as containing one of the finest examples of Moroccan-Andalusian decorative art.

    The Saadian sultan Ahmed Al-Mansour, also responsible for the Palais el-Badi which at the time of its construction was regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world but plundered by Moulay Ismail in 1696 to build his capital in Meknes, started building this necropolis in the 1500s.

    Thankfully instead of plundering the mausoleum Moulay Ismail sealed the tombs which in effect preserved the opulence and artistry that was found when rediscovered in 1917 by a French General on an aerial survey of the area. A passageway was made down into the tombs which have since been unsealed and restored.

    The mausoleum is divided into 3 halls - the central hall named The Hall of the Twelve Columns. In amongst the columns made of Italian marble are the tombs of sultan Ahmed Al-Mansour, his successors ( his son and grandson) and their closest family members (66 Saadians). There are more than 100 buried outside the main buildings. A small but elegant mausoleum houses the tomb of Ahmed Al-Mansour's mother.

    Opens daily but closed for lunch appx 12-2.30 each day.
    only 10 dirham for entry ticket - about 1 euro.

    Directions: alongside the Kasbah Mosque - follow the signs down a narrow alleyway at the southern edge of the mosque

    traditional and beautiful zellij grave stone of one of the nobles family royal mausoleum with beautiful artwork
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    Saadian Tombs

    by suvanki Updated May 3, 2009

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    The Saadian tombs are considered to be one of the most exquisite mausoleums in North Africa, and are one of Marrakechs' most visited sites.

    Open 08.30 - 11.45 and 14.30 - 17.45 daily.

    Entrance 10dh.(2006)
    Local 'official' guides are to be found near the ticket office, (A tip will be expected) You'll probably encounter 'faux guides' outside, willing to show you around - again a tip will be expected, even if they don't explain much of use.

    Through a narrow passageway, you enter a garden, with rose trees and shrubs, enclosed by red walls. Amongst the grass you can see small tombs.

    The Arabic Saadian Dynasty ruled for a relatively short period during the 16th - 17th Century, their popularity rose after removing the Portuguese from their occupation of the Moroccan coastline, and later forming alliances with Spain.

    The necropolis was commenced in 1591, (although the first Saadian prince was buried here in 1577) by Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour, to provide a resting place for his family, successors, and respected staff members.

    After the collapse of the Saadian Dynasty, during Moulay Ismails 'reign of terror', buildings such as the Palais el Badi were ransacked but the Tombs escaped desecration, possibly due to his superstition that the dead would come back to haunt him!

    Instead, the necropolis was sealed, with only a small area being left open. (Sultan Moulay Yazid 'The Crazy' was buried here in 1792.)

    During French Protectorate of Marrakesh in the early 20th C. An ariel survey by General Hubert Lyautey, revealed the site of the tombs. An avid enthusiast of Moroccan history, he set about constructing a passageway into the tombs (The original entrance was through the Kasbah mosque, and therefore forbidden to non-muslims) and restoration of the tombs.

    The Saadian tombs were opened to the public in 1917.

    Address: Off Rue de la kasbah

    Directions: North West Kasbah, opposite the Kasbah Mosque. Look for the souvenir shop in the corner, and the sign pointing to Tombeaux des Saadians.
    Easiest point of entry is probably through Bab Agnanaou, then turn left.

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    The Second Mausoleum

    by keeweechic Written Feb 20, 2009

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    The green roof topped building is the second mausoleum and contains two loggias and a prayer hall. Inside the burial chambers is the tomb of the mother of Ahmed el-Mansour – Lalla Messaouda who died in 1591 and Mohammed Ech Cheikh who was the founder of the Saadians.

    Address: Sa'adian Tombs, Rue de la Kasbah

    Directions: in the old Medina

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    The Royal Tombs

    by keeweechic Written Feb 20, 2009

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    In the Central Hall of the complex are the ivory coloured tombs of Ahmed el Mansour (the Golden) along with his successors. The tombs are inscribed with arabesques and inscriptions from the Koran. There are 3 niches which hold the tombs of princes. The tombs are of the Royal family which date back to the 16th century.

    Address: Sa'adian Tombs, Rue de la Kasbah

    Directions: in the old Medina

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    Sa’adian Tombs

    by keeweechic Written Feb 20, 2009

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    The Saadian Tombs is very popular and you will find quite a crowd of tourists visiting. The tombs were opened to the public only in 1917. The walled complex comprises more than 100 tombs, all decorated in colourful mosaic tiles.

    Open: Wed-Mon 08.30-11.45 and 14.30-17.45
    Admission charge.

    Address: Rue de la Kasbah, Marrakech

    Directions: in the old Medina

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