Saadian Tombs

Saadian Tombs, Marrakech

Saadian Tombs
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Architectural Buildings • Cemeteries
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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tgrafton
UK134 contributions
Feb 2020
I'm not sure if there's ever a quiet time to visit when you can take your time viewing the exquisite room with the beautiful decorations. If you can find that it's well worth a visit but I'd imagine it's very rare.

As said in other reviews once inside the complex you can stroll around a simple courtyard but you have to queue for about an hour to squeeze into a tiny gap where you can see the room and take photos for about 90 seconds. Given that all the promotional info shows gorgeous photos of this place it creates the impression that you can go inside it which is not the case.

You can visit the Alcazar in Seville for a couple of extra Euros and spend all day wandering around in rooms decorated just as beautifully plus extensive gardens. I was sort of expecting something similar for the price so it was a massive disappointment for me.

The highlight for me was the crowd control officer who managed the last 20 people in the queue with military precision and a face like thunder. Woe betide you if allow more than 6 inches space between you and person in front. Loiterer's are not allowed :) He has the job of making sure a fight doesn't break out at the entrance to the viewing passage and he takes his work very seriously. I take my hat off to that man.
Written February 24, 2020
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Angus H
19 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
The tombs here are fascinating to see with some interesting architecture however this is a fairly small museum. Without queues you could see it all comfortably within 15 minutes, but because of bottlenecks to see some of the main rooms we spent almost an hour queueing inside. At 70 dirhams each for an adult it's not too pricey.
Written March 9, 2020
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Clara Y
66 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Yes, the buildings are beautiful and the details are amazing. The gardens are also very nice. But it is small. When we got there we had to wait 15min in line to get a ticket. All good. Once inside, there was a 2h30min queue to get inside the main building!!!! We were there on January 2nd (so there were a lot of tourists) but I think they should tell people buying their tickets that there's such a line inside so that people can reconsider coming at another moment!! So my advice: ask them before paying the ticket and if there is a line for the ticket, there's definitely one 10 times longer inside to get to see the main building! (Entrance is 70dhs = 7€ per adult)
Written January 2, 2020
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Rohit Bihani
Kolkata (Calcutta), India219 contributions
May 2022
Would not recommend this place to tourists, unless you are spiritually inclined and have other reasons to visit. The place is very small, and quite badly kept. Entrance charge is way to high for what you see inside, and this is completely avoidable despite the hype around it.
Written June 16, 2022
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Ruth
London, England, United Kingdom8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We ‘popped in’ here on our way back to our hotel, late afternoon. We paid entry of dh350 for a family of 5. The cashier gladly took our money, without once indicating that once on the inside there would be a queue of more than an hour to see the main tombs. This was a frustrating waste of money as we did not have the time and would not have bought the ticket had we known this at the point of purchase. We felt cheated and angry. A simple fix would be for them to tell visitors at the point of purchase to expect a large queue once inside the complex. Very disappointing as we left without even seeing the tombs and having paid for nothing.
Written January 2, 2020
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Mark E
Dublin, Ireland59 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Worth a visit. Would recommend viewing with a guide to get the history behind the tombs , otherwise it may be a very short view. Cool to see cute baby turtles in the gardens at the back also :)
Written March 22, 2022
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Tsuni
London, UK17 contributions
Apr 2022
This is one of the places we really enjoyed visiting. Partly because I managed to ask for a guide at the entrance. The Museum people actually helped us find him. A very patient and kind gentle man showed us around and explained about the place, its not a huge place, and it wasn't busy so it was quite enjoyable experience to just look around and listen to him telling us about the history of the place. There are also a cute kitten which children enjoyed playing with and of course the famous turtles to spot.
Written May 1, 2022
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Alan P
Gateshead, UK28 contributions
Mar 2020
The first thing you need to know is how to get in; it's not that easy!
Our guide books indicated that the Tombs are accessed from the east side of the Kasbah Mosque, and there is a massive door and a sign for the tombs above it. But when we went, the door was locked, even though the books said they should be open. We could hear voices behind the door, but there was no clue to solve the mystery. So that day we gave up and went to the nearby El-Badi Palace instead.
Before our second attempt, we studied the maps and decided we'd try the west side of the mosque first, and spotted a much smaller sign next to an insignificant alleyway. The sign was in Arabic and in Berber, and it was only when we got closer that we saw much smaller lettering underneath in French which told us we were in the right spot - no English at all! It's just off the Rue de la Kasbah, if that helps.
What you need to know about the visit is that the best tomb decor is only viewable from a couple of doorways, so you'll probably have to queue. It wasn't too bad on the day we visited, but it probably gets a bit crowded at busy times, especially if there's an organised tour group in. So, as with the Majorelle Gardens, best go early!
The decoration is tremendous, and the rest of the attraction is a pleasant garden area without the same crowding. And it's a nice refuge from the busy streets. Definitely worth a visit.
Written March 26, 2020
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leahmcburney
Templepatrick, UK327 contributions
Feb 2020
I was disappointed in the Tombs. This is just a courtyard with several buildings around it one of which contains the main tombs. You cannot enter the building only just view through some openings. The architecture is lovely with beautiful ceilings and tiling but there is a queue to view so you can only take a few pics and then move on. At the rear of the courtyard there is a screen which shows on a loop the restoration of the tombs and their history so if you watch this it’s about 20mins long.
Written February 21, 2020
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Rob James
19 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Glorious building complex of tombs. Very decorative. Includes an interesting film showing the restoration on progress. You can't go beyond the doorways of the ornate buildings and this can mean the queues build up, so best to get there early (maybe late also works). Some good local places to eat on the street that leads away from the tombs, with the nearby mosque behind you.
Written February 5, 2020
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