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“Breathtaking architecture” 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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Ranked #32 of 90 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Cemeteries, Architectural Buildings
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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.
Whitland, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The tombs are beautiful and all the more amazing when you consider all the carving was done by hand. They are it very big so an hour would be the maximum time required.
Entry fee is only 10DHM (@£1) so very reasonable. Decline to take a guide as you don't need one. There are interpretation boards explaining the history of the tombs in all languages at the entrance.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting but not worth a trip.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Our guide told us the history of the area when inside the area but without him you'd have seen nothing except rubble and tiles
Don't trek in the heat to get there unless you are a north africa history buff.

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Saigon
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“Sa’adian Tombs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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“Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Beautiful tranquil place, well worth a visit. Amazing architecture, lots of kittens too. We took the Red Tour bus for 48 hours so it was easy find.

Visited August 2013
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“dont go out of your way to find them”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I must be missing something.
If you have to go, you will do it in 10 minutes.
Its just a load of mosiacs on the floor with some nice buildings.
When you come out eat in kasbah cafe across road.

Visited July 2013
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