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Saadian Tombs

Next to Kasbah Mosque, off rue de la Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #32 of 90 Attractions in Marrakech
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Type: Cemeteries, Architectural Buildings
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Saadian Tombs are located just outside Marrakech and were constructed during the reign of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur in the late 16th century. This is... more » Owner description: The Saadian Tombs are located just outside Marrakech and were constructed during the reign of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur in the late 16th century. This is the resting place of al-Mansur, his family, and other notable officials from that era. These tombs were discovered in 1917; restoration began shortly thereafter. Today, much of its original splendour has been restored. « less
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The tombs are located a little out of the main tourist area, entering is almost like a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. There were small kittens running around the small garden that surrounds some of the tombs, absolutely beautiful tile work, as expecting in Marrakech, and very nicely preserved. You don't need a long time here as... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We have visited the Saadian tombs twice now & would recommend a visit if you are in Marrakech. First of all it's only 10 Dirhams to enter, it's fairly shaded so cooler than the bustling streets outside and a haven of peace AND there's a free toilet! It's not far from Djemaa El Fna square but not that easy to... More

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Bramley, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A little oasis in the desert that is Marrakech! Tucked away in the narrow streets is this little gem, although fairly small and still undergoing restoration the decoration of the crypts is stunning. Best stroll around a graveyard I have ever made.

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Rhuddlan, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

a very ornate site full of interesting history that you will need to read up on before you enter this site or at least have a decent guide book to go in with. the tile work is second to none in marrakech and there is even an on site repairman tucked away in a quiet corner room whose work you... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The tombs are definitely worth seeing and Bab Agnou gate is nearby. Read up on the history so it is more meaningful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I loved this because it was out of the way, had a distinct lack of tourist groups and was tranquil and quiet. It was very atmospheric. There were no interpretation signage so anyone not realising the significance of the place may think it boring, but seeing the tombs for the children was very moving. It doesn't take much to read... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Still has a few nice arches but not a real great place to go, if you're at the Badai palace and Bahia palace you may as well visit but its not got the expanse of the Badai palace or the lovely detail of the Madrasa Ben Youssef. Got some excellent photos of cats playing on the railings...

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

There is not much to look at. I don't understand the purpose of charging an entry free to peer into closed off rooms. The only thing I found useful was the very handy toilet facility on the same site. (It will be straight ahead, and to your right - those of you who wish to use it).

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

For 70p it's a lovely bit of peace and quiet. Beautiful gardens and Moorish architecture. Certainly worth a visit as it will take you less than an hour and is in the Kasbah so close to the square and main mosque.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very small site and really difficult to find in the first place. We didnt have a guide so no indication of what was going on if there was assistance or even a leaflet to explain it wasnt offered so we paid in and it took 5 mins to see everything. Beautiful yes but maybe not worth all the hastle of... More

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