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“Saadian Tombs - A bit Disappointing Really” 3 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 #34 of 92 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.
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“Saadian Tombs - A bit Disappointing Really”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We specifically made our way to the tombs following some research before our trip and must say we were a little disappointed. Cheap enough to get in ( 10 Dirhams ) the place was restricted in size and although the tombs were clear and precise in where they were laid out, the surrounding architecture was not as good as I would have expected. It is okay but nothing spectacular. Maybe my trip to India earlier this year had raised my expectations when visiting such sights. When inside we also unfortunately visited the same time as a large group and as others have mentioned the viewing areas were extremely busy adding to the disappointment we felt. Indeed the activities of the many cats in the area seemed more interesting than the sight, with a particularly scarred pink ( white fur with blood ) cat getting attacked by the others every few minutes. We headed for the tombs in the middle of the day in very hot weather and although it looked impressive from the outside, the inner area left us a little flat. Maybe that's just me.
One last point is to look out for the stork nest and storks on the tall chimney as you enter the tombs. Look up and you cannot miss them. What a sight.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful buildings - more than worth the 10Dh (1Euro) entry fee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Won't take you long to wander round as they aren't huge but well worth a visit. Try and avoid going in at the same time as a coach as the best viewing points have restricted access so they end up with a queue. There was work going on to improve the attraction but it did not detract from our visit.

Guide can add to the experience as they will tell you what you are looking at - it kind of helps!

Reminded me of some of the mausoleums we saw in Istanbul - intricate stone & wood work with exquisite tiled reliefs.

Something of an oasis to the hustle & bustle of the adjacent streets.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting tombs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Some tombs are inside, some out. Some are above ground, some underground. Princes and princesses. The architecture and tile work is photo worthy. Crowded here, must jostle for views as they are just from the doorways.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful tombs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We were lucky to have our guide with us and he told us all about the history of the tombs. Very impressive tombs themselves especially the ornate ceilings made of gold. You'll only need half an hour or so.

Visited August 2013
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“Fascinating but uninformative”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This place lay undiscovered for a long time and the story of its discovery is fascinating, but none of that is shared at the site, nor is there any information about the inhabitants of the tombs.
It is a spectacle and worth seeing but I'd have liked to have known more

Visited August 2013
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