Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The Saadian Tombs

The entrance to the Saadian Tombs
The Saadian Tombs is a sight every traveler to Marrakech should visit. They are located in a secret enclosed in the Kasbah area, with old sights as the Mosque el Mansour, Bab Agnaou and the El Badi Palace close by.
The tombs are ornate and embedded into the ground
The tombs are named after, and holds the remains of the rulers of the Saadi or Saadian dynasty (Arabic: سعديون) of Arab descent that ruled Morocco from 1554 to 1659. There are around 60 tombs. 
The most important tomb is that of Ahmad al-Mansur, Sultan from 1578-1603, the sixth and most famous of all rulers of the Saadis and an important figure in both Europe and Africa in the sixteenth century.
One of three mausoleums
They tombs disappeared after the dynasty ended, and was rediscovered in 1917.
The Saadian Tombs is a remarkable and mysterious place to be. You enter through a narrow walk way and enter an enclosed garden with tall palm trees. The mausoleum holds three beautiful very ornate rooms.

The Tombs themselves are not remarkable, decorated traditionally with tiles and sunk into the ground they are strikingly different from many other royal toms I have seen. Here are no lavish display of the luxury they experienced in living life.

The Saadian graves are, in spite of this,  an important historic sight in Marrakech, and should be visited by interested tourists. It is certainly on the list when I return to Marrakech with friends in February 2013
Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1549-1603) is buried in the Saadi Mausoleum with 60 of his relatives

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