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Saadian Tombs

Uncover the hidden treasures of the Saadian Tombs, a beautifully preserved 16th-century royal necropolis in Marrakech that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and craftsmanship of the Saadi Dynasty through its stunning mausoleums, colorful tile mosaics, and serene gardens.

The 16th-century Saadian Tombs are one of Marrakech’s key historic landmarks, located within the royal kasbah, close to the grand Kasbah Mosque. Built by the third ruler of the Saadian dynasty, Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, the site houses a collection of intricately decorated mausoleums and graves containing the remains of the Saadian sultans, along with their families and closest advisors. Hidden for centuries, the tombs were only rediscovered in 1917 when aerial photography revealed their existence, leading to subsequent restoration and access for the public. The Hall of Twelve Pillars is particularly impressive with its intricate zellige tilework and magnificent cupola ceiling supported by marble columns.

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