This quiet place conveys something of the aesthetic sense, skill and artistry of late Andalusian culture. Buried here are the Sa’adian royal families, notably Muhammad al-Shaikh (d. 1557) and Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour (d.1603) and his family. The prayer halls are decorated with carved stucco and zellij. There’s an air of melancholy, it’s a place of rest, with none of the liveliness of daily activities, no echos of life. It seems to express the demise of Andalusian culture, more than a century after Islam had been pushed entirely from the Iberian peninsula with the fall of Granada in 1492. Next to the Kasbah Mosque, with many of the richly colored tiled graves remaining, the cemetery is situated in the midst of the city, yet a sense of quiet and absolute stillness prevails. Definitely worth a visit.
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