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Saadian Tombs

Next to Kasbah Mosque, off rue de la Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #33 of 88 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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Vientiane
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I am pleased we went, but i did not like queuing for 10 minutes to view the main room - overall it was interesting but not stunning. The grounds were lovely

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Very basic, interesting but not much here, 10 min is all u need to see and 20 minutes for appreciating the architecture. The English Guide [extra money] tour lasted 6 min and the French guide was still babbling away after 50 min..... Our guide turned out to be political and spreading untruths about history of Sunnis and Sheiates etc..later confirmed... More

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I am always amazed that there are tranquil places in the mad buzz of Marrakesh, but this is one. Located near the Black Gate and very cheap to get in, this was a lovely restful place. The architecture is stunning and the history of the place fascinating. Well recommended.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

There is not much to see here in this attraction. Basically, there are about 8 rooms which have rectangles on the floor that are made of marble...these are the graves. It only takes about 10 minutes to see the entire thing. I would say skip it but the entrance fee is only 10MAD so that's about $1USD so you are... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Not really a lot to see, 10 dirham price reflects this in and out within 15 minutes maybe we missed something but certainly not worth the trek across marrakech to view it

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

sadly poverty negelct leads to negelect of the tombs poor understanding of what it takes to make them acceptable to accepted decency respect of their dead kings indeed sign on front stated tomb was stolen from another dynsasty king the almohad king for the saadians was shocked no attempt made to show who exctly was in which tomb depressing monument.

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Heckmondwike
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I'm a bit cultural but this just left me thinking about what else I could do later. I'm sure there is lots of history but nothing about it is made aware to you.. Just basically a few in UNMARKED GRAVES.. Perhaps if you spend ten minutes here it's okay?.. As always lots of cleaners and builders doing work on it.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Well we were not very impressed. For some reason we were all expecting a lot more! The first noticeable thing was the smell of cats - the place was overrun with them. It's quite small - we were in and out in about 30 minutes. Nice mosaics but would recommend Bahia Palace or El Badi over this.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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