Central Hall Tombs

The stunning and glorious Saadian tombs found in the northern part of the Almohad Kasbah in Marrakech. A ship burial was discovered in 1917 by the Department of fine arts at his place, as well as several historic buildings. In the past, the visitors were forced to accede to these tombs through a door next to the mosque, which was built by the Almohad Sultan Yacoub El Mansour. But today it is accessed through a corridor in the South-East corner that onduce a property within the cemetery where there is a large plaza surrounded by several rooms and fenced in the southern and eastern sides by internal walls crowned by two towers. The first idea of construction of this cemetery was of Sultan Moulay Abdallah, around 1557, to house the tomb of Sheikh Mohammed, founder of the saadi dynasty. He also built the vault that blanket to his son, who was buried there in 1574.

Later, Sultan Ahmed Al – Mansur (1578-1603) expanded and decorated the tombs where she was to be buried alongside his father and his mother, Lalla Masuda, and his brother, as well as numerous members of the Royal family saadi. The first building consists of three rooms: one is a prayer room that contains three rooms with several graves dating from the 18th century. The mihrab is a niche with an arc of five angles, which gives the feeling of being broken and out of place and that rests on four columns of various types of marble and covered with a dome with stalactites. The second building, known as the Central Hall, contains twelve impressive columns and is one of the most beautiful wings of the first group. The room is divided into four groups with three marble columns each. This Carrara is covered by a cupola with wooden ceilings carved and decorated with muqarnas in the style of the East Wing. The most spectacular place in this House is the tomb of Sultan Ahmed al – Mansur and, beside it, the tomb of his son Zidane, followed by several tombs of some of his successors.

On the surface of two of the four existing graves inscriptions commemorating the Sultan can be read Abdullah and his father, the ruler Sheikh Mohamed. The second group is a dome for Lalla Masuda and his grave is the first tomb of stone of this complex. This was the last enlargement, made during the reign of Ahmed Mansour, included the addition on the South side of a large room covered by a roof of Aerar whose decoration was not completed. Also, this room includes two balconies. Sculptures, zellog mosaics, ceramics and other decorative elements that were carved on wood testify the ancient artistic creations from Morocco, generally of Andalusian origin, in particular those belonging to the Nazari period. In summary, the Saadian tombs in Marrakech are another excellent reason to travel to Marrakech and admire its impressive historical and architectural heritage. Once in the ochre city magic can stay in one of the spectacular and enchanting riad in Marrakech hotels. Then come and do not miss the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Marrakesh, a fascinating city full of magic.