Saadian tombs, Spanish-Moorish gems

Saadian tombs, Spanish-Moorish gems

The Saadian era was a golden age for Marrakech. These mausoleums are the sole remnants of the various splendours of this dynasty.

North of the Almohad Kasbah, the Saadian tombs were being built in the late 16th century by Saadian sultan Ahmad al-Mansur to shelter the graves of his forebears. In the 18th century, sultan Moulay Ismail ibn Sharif rose to power and decided to erase all signs of the former dynasty. As a consequence, a wall was built around the graves. The royal mausoleum has been rediscovered in 1917 by the Fine Arts service, entrusted with the restoration of this architectural gem, typical of the 16th and 17th centuries Spanish-Moorish styles.
Do not miss to visit the room of the twelve columns. It houses the tomb of Saadian sultan Ahmed El Mansour. Ceilings, made in cedar wood and stucco, are finely crafted, and the graves are built in Carrara marble. Have a careful look at the tombs, as some carry poetic epitaphs.

Saadian tombs
Rue de la Kasbah
40000 Marrakech

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