Saadian Tombs © Donar Reiskoffer
The beautiful necropolis was built by the Saadian Sultan Ahmed el Mansour in the late 16th century as a final resting place for himself and his successors. The tombs were discovered (rediscovered that is) in 1917 and carefully restored to their former splendour. There are 66 indoor tombs, lavishly decorated with colourful, intricate mosaics. The central mausoleum, the Hall of the Twelve Columns, is exceptionally ornate with a high vaulted roof, furnished with stunning carved cedar panels and columns of grey Italian marble. The tombs are spread through three rooms and there are gardens outside the building where the graves of soldiers and servants can be seen. The Saadian Tombs are a remarkable tourist attraction but they don't require much time and can be fully appreciated in under an hour. The tombs are a stop on many sightseeing tours. Photographs are permitted inside the building, which is fantastic because the minute details and mosaics are the highlight. Visitors should be respectful as they are visiting grave sites - sitting on or leaning on the tombs will earn them a reprimand. There is not much information at the site so it's worth looking up the history beforehand if you are not going with a tour guide.
Address: Rue de la Kasbah near the city walls in the old city, beneath the minaret of the Kasbah mosque
Opening times: Wednesday to Monday, 8am to 11:45am and 2:30pm to 5:45pm
Admission: About MAD 10 is charged for entry.