Royal necropolis of the Saudi family, a first set of burial chambers was created after the burial of Prince Mohamed Cheikh in 1557. His son had elevated him koubba, known as Koubbat of Lalla Messaouda, and it was his turn buried in 1574. in 1591, Ahmed El Mansour buried his mother. His three successors will be based in turn.
A second building was then erected and has a central room, called "the room of the twelve columns." It houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, the minrab room, the room of three niches. Another space was reserved for the children of the tombs. All the rooms are pleasantly decorated, with great finesse of execution.
Its historical interest is huge and it is eloquent testimony to the technical expertise of the founding dynasty of Marrakech.
Saadian tombs are one of the only remnants remaining frames of the Saadian dynasty who reigned over the golden age of Marrakech. In the early eighteenth century, Sultan Moulay Ismail had in fact decided to remove all traces of the magnificence of this dynasty requiring the destruction of the remains.
Near the Saadian Tombs is El Mansour Mosque, which dates from the same era as the Koutoubia. It was built in 1185 in the district of the Kasbah, one of the oldest and picturesque area of Marrakech. After its explosion in 1569, it was rebuilt identically and embellished with turquoise minaret. Its square shape of 11 ships crossing makes it a unique mosque of its kind.
Useful information :
- Hours: open daily from 9:00 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 18:00.
- Location: Rue de La Kasbah, near the Kasbah Mosque.
- Price: 10 dhs.