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Saadian Tombs
Saadian Tombs

Saadian Tombs

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Rue de La Kasbah, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
+212 5243-78163
http://www.tombeaux-saadiens.com/en/
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The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578 to 1603). The tombs were only recently discovered (in 1917) and were restored by the Beaux arts service. The ... Read more
tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech. The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. 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.

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Porto, Portugal

The saadian Tombs are a must see in the city. Beautiful tombs, fabulous cravings and amazing ceramics. You get to know the whole reconstruction of the place! Beautiful place

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Guanaja, Honduras

The Hall of Twelve Columns is surrounded by intricate mosaics, latticework with 12 marble columns holding up the cedar ceiling. Built in 1557 by Sultan Ahmed el Mansour, the tombs themselves contain his parents, the last of the Saadian dynasty. They reigned over Marrakech it what is known as the golden age between 1524 to 1659.

There are 66 tombs all together in between the two mausoleums, with princes and other prominent figures Other graves in the gardens are wives, advisors and other important people with a tomb dedicated to Sultan Ahmed el Mansour’s mother in the centre of the courtyard.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

These tombs built by Sultan Ahmed were walled up in the 1600's and rediscovered in 1917. Decorated with intricate tiles and carvings, they are the resting place of many rulers of the Saadian Dynasty. The most spectacular of the tombs is the Chamber of 12 Pillars, where Sultan Ahmed himself is interred. The gardens are a pretty and if you like cats, you will enjoy the antics of a number of stray felines that live on the premises.

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Royal necropolis of the Saadian family, a first set of burial chambers was created after the burial of Prince Mohamed Sheikh in 1557. His son had raised a koubba, known as Koubbat lalla Messaouda, and was there in his turn buried in 1574. In 1591, Ahmed El Mansour buried his mother and his three successors will rest in turn.
A second building is erected and includes a central hall known as the hall of twelve columns and houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour, the mirhab room, the room of three niches. Another space is reserved for the tombs of the children. All the rooms are pleasantly decorated and of a great delicacy of execution.

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Union City, California, USA

Beautiful and ornate and full of history. It's definitely worth a visit during a trip to Marrakech. The kasbah around it is also very scenic.

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Great tailor work and well preserved. You should see it if you are in Marrakesh.

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Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

The Saadian Tombs in Marrakech were sealed up for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917. Occupying a quiet enclosure at the kasbah, the tombs are magnificently decorated with colorful tiles, Arabic script and elaborate carvings. The site may have been a burial ground before the Saadian period, but the earliest known burial dates from 1557 and all the main buildings were constructed under Sultan Ahmed el Mansour (1578-1603). The site is contemporary with the Ben Youssef Medersa and the similarities between the two are evident.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Peaceful - tucked away behind ancient alleys. One of the places that should be on your to-see list.

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Pasadena, California

Beautiful and well preserved - thanks to being walled up for centuries. The tile work and carvings are stunning, so make sure you have a good camera with you (one that can handle the low light levels in some of the rooms). You'll also get to meet a few sweet, friendly cats.

Oh, and if, on your way there, a guy tells you the way to the tombs are through his shop, it's not entirely true. You can get to them via the main streets; He just wants to guide you there and get a tip. Then again, he'll tell you some of the local history on the way, and point out the original way into the kasbah.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Elaborate and beautiful, if a little hard to find. 10dh entry is totally worth it. Adjoining souk is worth a side trip--less hustle than those near the Djemaa.

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Visit the Saadian Tombs in the Kasbah area of the city

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Mexico City

Worth the visit.

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Genova, Italy

Questo sepolcro non vi porterà via molto tempo, ma vale assolutamente la pena di essere visitato. Sito poco distante dalla Medina, e adiacente alla moschea Kasbah, questa necropoli risale ai tempi del regno Sa'diano. In questo mausoleo riposano i membri dell'omonima dinastia. L'architettura di questo cimitero è davvero particolare, un vero capolavoro dell'arte islamica: tra marmi pregiati e legni di cedro questo luogo è stato scoperto di recente e restaurato rispettando la raffinatezza architettonica originale.

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Athens, Greece
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