Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh Is Great for Looking at Tiles

If you survive the walk along Rue Ibn Rochd to the Kasbah, one of the places you can visit is the Saadian Tombs. If you are lucky enough like me, you won’t even pay to get in. Just picture a dopey American saying, “Helllo …. helloooo … bonjour ……” at the entrance for three minutes seeing if anyone wants to take my money. I just put down a 20 MAD coin as to not set off an international incident.

Located next to the Kasbah Mosque, the tombs were built for Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahbi using the finest Italian marble available to him. Ahhhhh, that’s a Sultan with taste.

Inside the courtyard are graves for his wives and close associates. The Sultan eventually died in 1603 and the tombs were walled off from the outside world. That was until 1917 when it discovered via aerial photography. Now, you can enjoy a lot beautiful tile work and architecture.

Your whole visit should last no more than 20 minutes. Like Ben Youssef Medersa, there’s no guide or explanation of the grounds so use your imagination.

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2 thoughts on “Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh Is Great for Looking at Tiles

  1. That looks absolutely beautiful! I remember visiting La Alhambra in Granada and instantly falling in love with Moorish architecture. I definitely want to visit Morocco one day!


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