Saadian Tombs

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Coordinates: 31°37′02″N 7°59′19″W / 31.6173°N 7.988702°W / 31.6173; -7.988702 (Saadian Tombs) The Saadian tombs are sepulchres in Marrakech, Morocco, which date to time of the Saadian dynasty sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578–1603). They are located on the south side of the Kasbah Mosque. Abandoned for centuries, the tombs were rediscovered in 1917 by aerial photography and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. The tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech.[1]

The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family. The building is composed of three rooms. The most famous is the room with the twelve columns. This room contains the grave of the son of the sultan's son, Ahmad al-Mansur. The stele is in finely worked cedar wood and stucco work. The monuments are made of Italian Carrara marble.

Outside the building is a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants.

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  1. ^ "Saadian Tombs | Marrakesh, Morocco Attractions". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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