saadian tombs, marrakech

Saadian Tombs, Marrakech, Morocco

The Saadian Tombs built-in the 16th century as a mausoleum to bury numerous Saadian rulers. It was ‘lost’ for many years until rediscovered in 1917. The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty. Among the graves are those of Saadian sultan Ahmad al-Mansur and his family.

It is located at the opposite end of the Moulay El Yazid mosque’s minaret, in a cemetery that supposedly also contains several graves of Prophet Mohammad’s descendants. Outside the building there is a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants.

saadian tombs, marrakech

Moulay El Yazid mosque adjacent to the Saadian tombs. Entrance to the tombs at the opposite end of this minaret.

saadian tomb, marrakech

Another view of the minaret.

saadian tombs, marrakech

Entrance to the Saadian tombs. A narrow passage way will lead you to the Saadian tombs.

saadian tombs, marrakech

The tombs within the roofed mausoleum.

saadian tombs, marrakech

Typical Moroccan mosaic tiles decorate the floor and walls of the mausoleum.

saadian tombs, marrakech

This would probably be tombs of infants and childrens.

saadian tombs, marrakech

Tombs within a ‘room’. Could be tombs of rulers.

saadian tombs, marrakech

Tombs located at the exterior compound.

saadian tombs, marrakech

More tombs in the courtyard.

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