Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)#10 in Best Things To Do in Marrakech
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This cemetery, which sits just south of the medina, features more than 160 tombs filled with the remains of prominent Saadians (members of an Arab dynasty who are reportedly descendents of the prophet Muhammad) and their advisors and royal wives. First used in the early 14th century, the Saadian Tombs' intricate decor (think: cedar ceilings, colorful mosaics and Carrara marble headstones) was not added until the 16th century by Ahmed El Mansour. Unlike other ornate structures in the region, this property was not plundered by Sultan Moulay Ismail in the early 18th century, making it one of Marrakech's only surviving Saadian sites.
Although a few former travelers felt underwhelmed by the cemetery's grounds (especially after visiting the Alhambra in Granada), others appreciated its quiet atmosphere and "amazing" architecture. To avoid waiting in a long line to enter and feeling rushed while exploring this small attraction, several visitors recommended arriving shortly after opening.
The Saadian Tombs sit within walking distance of the Badi Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Jamaa El Fna and the Bahia Palace and are open to visitors every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 1 euro or 10 Moroccan dirhams (roughly $1) per person, and the cemetery can be reached by taking one of several ALSA buses or the company's History Tour Tourist Bus to stop No. 13. Restrooms, parking, cafes and other amenities are not available on-site. To learn more, visit the attraction's website.
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#1 Medina of Marrakesh
The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this 11th-century labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.
Past visitors said that the medina is a must-see, especially at night. Most of its popular food and merchandise stalls are situated in Jemaa El Fna, but for a less crowded atmosphere, explore the streets outside the medina's main square. It's easy to lose your bearings here, so some former travelers also suggest visiting with a guide. Companies that offer guided walks around the medina include Marrakech Guided Tours and Marrakech Tour Guide – both recommended by recent travelers.
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