Intriguing Saadian Tombs- Part I

Africa | | August 26, 2009 at 4:10 am


Saadian TombsThe most enticing locales in Morocco, the breathtaking Saadian Tombs are situated in outer Marrakesh with the site being easily reachable by commencing at the heart of the city or Djemma el Fna and following the Rue Bab Agnaou. Starting at the Kasbah Mosque, the course till the tombs is adequately sign boarded. Subsequent to their astounding unearthing in 1917, this spectacular site has been painstakingly re-established to its former splendour and has been aptly maintained ever since. Inhabiting a secluded corral at the Kasbah, the tombs are splendidly adorned with multi-coloured terrazzo, Arabic libretto and intricate carvings.

This location might have been a resting ground prior to the Saadian era, however the initially identified saadian tombsentombment period go back to 1557, with the major structures being built during the reign of Sultan el Mansour from time periods spanning between 1578 and 1603. There are striking decorative resemblances between the Saadan tombs and the Ben Youssef Medersa, an Islamic school connected to the Ben Youssef Mosque, having quite a contemporary touch to each of them.

During the 16th century under the reign of Sultan Ahmed el Mansour, the Saadian Tombs were built as an interment ground for himself and his progeny leading to nearly 200 relations hailing from the Saadian dynasty being laid to rest in this location, inclusive of the Sultan Ahmed el Mansour being buried in 1603. Nonetheless, a small number of well-known citizens were laid to rest here subsequent to it being concealed, the final burial being that of Moulay Yazid dubbed as the ‘crazy sultan’ during 1792. Moulay Yazid who reigned for a period of twenty-two vicious months, was killed in a shooting at some stage in a counter-offensive operation to tackle an insurgence in Marrakesh that instantly ensued his vicious repression.

MoroccoBy 1672, Morocco was under the reign of Moulay Ismail who got about building his own bequest. He inadvertently annihilated the Badi Palace with methodical precision, but superstitious beliefs fortunately encumbered his malicious endeavours to raze down a committal place. As a substitute, he chose to block all the entry points to the Saadian Tombs in Marrakech. The sole access that was not secured was an ambiguous one situated inside the Kasbah Mosque. With this deed, the magnificence and elaborate joinery of this marvellous tomb gradually slithered into oblivion.

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  1. Noah says:

    It’s just so unbelievable! Ricky, I found such kinda awesome place because of you. The tomb, the ethnic & stupendous beauty along with the silent traces of royal lives………..
    It’s a sure turn on!

  2. Nathan says:

    Ricky, quite a digging you have done! Just kidding! I think, without such an interesting stuff going around it, its just some historical building.
    You gave it a kinda look of exciting place to go to & discover some hidden aristocratic stuff around! I am not knowledgeable as such, but sure an inquisitive mind & fun people around would make Saadian Tomb a good place on the itinerary.

  3. Tony says:

    This Moulay Ismail dude must have had some issue with these people to have gone to the extent of closing all entry points & all. I feel politics sucks, no matter what the era is. How different the normal entrance could have been, if the option was available. It just something that got me into reading more about it. Cool & excellent article, man!

  4. Jenny says:

    That’s some story behind the tomb. It sounds like one of those stories where as much is spoken about, there is still a secret held within to be discovered or may be not. You know, all those rumors built around some places……
    Tell me, if you found some. I am all ears for them.

  5. Aron says:

    I am getting these royal legendary stories feel from all the picture & historical stuff you have spoken off. Its like one of those icebergs where a lot of it is hidden behind. I don’t know what else to say. I just have fancy for all those mysterious stuff like that.

  6. vareeja says:

    The mausoleum comprises the corpses 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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