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Review of Saadian Tombs

Saadian Tombs
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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.
Reviewed November 14, 2012

This visit was included in half day tour complete with guide. Tombs outside building for servants, tombs inside for the rich, no headstones, flat marble parquet effect.

Thank Sandra L
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Some of the carvings and mosaic work was beautiful but you had to queue endlessly to see anything. There were no descriptions of what you were seeing either so make sure you read your guidebook first. The longest queue was to stand in a doorway three people across so you couldn't only stop for a moment. I don't think I'd go again unless it was very quiet.

Thank Julia G
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We followed the advice of other travellers on TripAdvisor and avoided peak periods, arriving just after lunch. The tombs were quiet and tranquil. Unfortunately, there are no signs or explanations (which might have contributed to the frustration of other reviewers), but we had a guidebook and ear-wigged someone else's guide. (Interesting overheard fact: the few graves not aligned to the East hold non-muslims).

I love this style of architecture (think the Alhambra only much smaller) and was impressed that the gardens were being so well-tended. In Marrakech, you need a few places up your sleeve for refuge and respite from the hustle and bustle and I think the Saadian tombs are well worth a visit if you can avoid the crowds (buses parked outside would be a good clue).

If, like us, you were hanging around in the area waiting for the Tombs to re-open after lunch, I can recommend eating at one of the restaurants near the Grand Taxis stand on Rue Ibn Rochd - much better value than the tourist traps on Place Ferblantiers and a whole lot more authentic. The one where we ate was the largest, with a large covered terrace out front from which you can watch people coming and going; negotiating prices with taxis and guess where they are off to. There's a fair bit of construction going on in the area, so no doubt soon there'll be a row of tourist shops and restaurants on the approach to the tombs and the Kasbah mosque...

Thank mikanqueen
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

There is not much to see there and the space is packed with tour groups. I was surprised at how incredibly rude all the tour operators where. They packed their large groups into some of the small spaces and would block lone travelers like my boyfriend and I from seeing the into the rooms. If we tried to politely pardon ourselves and see around them, the tour guides would yell. Not only did they yell at us but one guy screamed like mad at an older man who just wanted to have a peek into one of the only cool rooms on the site. I really detested the tour operators and they ruin the ambience of the place.

We didn't think the spot was worth our time. Reading about it was more interesting than seeing it.

Thank Isenn
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Shame other travellers seem to be less impressed, but we loved the tombs (covered in mosaic) and the various halls with their mosaic tiles, fanciful stucco tracery and carved cedarwood roofs. An easy sight to see in a short while and wholly worth it.

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