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“Nice Architecture again” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Saadian Tombs

Saadian Tombs
Next to Kasbah Mosque, off rue de la Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakech Discovery Tour
Ranked #28 of 62 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries, Cultural
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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 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.
Leuven, Belgium
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“Nice Architecture again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This artwork is very well hidden. If you try to find it on your own, it is not easy. No signs to guide you.
And, much to our surprise, it closed at 17h.
But, it was worthwhile, a small garden hidden behind a narrow corridor behind a mosque. The gravestones are very simple, but in heavily decorated "buildings"

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

These tombs are worth the walk and are astonishing, only discovered around 1917, amazing detail in the carvings and tiles. Would have been nice if there had been more information so would recommend having the guide to tell the story of the tombs. Cost around 2 pounds to enter so minimal and worth spending an hour here.

Visited April 2013
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“Experience Could easily be improved”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Hidden behind a Mosque & interesting little place, very quiet only us and a handful of tourists.
Visit would have been greatly improved if Multi Language audio guides or Info sheets had been available, would pay more as incredible so cheap.
Apparently this place laid undiscovered for many years until spotted from a plane flying over!
Worth a visit to see the Craftmanship but only if on route to somewhere else close by.

Visited February 2013
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Bowie, Maryland
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“It was "ok"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Not sure what the hype was about, but then again, our guide wasn't that informative either. we stood in a long line for a long time to see the 14k gold ceilings and the tops of some tombs. not sure I would have taken the time to do this. but again, our guide wasn't the best so it might have been more interesting had he explained the significance for the tombs to us.

Visited April 2013
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Richland, Washington
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“A real life hidden treasure!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Saadian Tombs were only discovered about a hundred years ago after being walled up by the sultan Moulay Ismail hundreds of years ago. They are magnificent...quiet, lovely, peaceful. The lighting and the architecture is truly photo worthy. The cost of admission is minimal...however, it is true that there is no information about what you are seeing when you are there...no brochures, no signage, so it helps if you take your guide book with you. Also, if when you get there there is a long line to see the kings' tombs just wait it out...go see the queens' tombs first or just sit and admire the cats and the quiet. That long line will disappear, and since all you do at the end of the line is to stand in a doorway and look it is best if you can wait until no one is behind you if you want to stay for a bit or take pictures. One other fun thing about this spot is that it is walkable from the Jmaa el Fna....takes a little navigating but you can do it and you get to see parts of Marrakech that most tourists don't. Also admire the stork's nest on the roofs around the tombs!

Visited April 2013
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