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Saadian Tombs

(Tombeaux Saadiens)
 
This lavish burial place of over sixy royals remained unkown to the outside world until about 1920.  The green tiled rooftops were seen in aerial photographs and curious members of the French Protectorate began to investigate.  The tombs are accessed by an unassuming narrow passageway.  Spectacular interiors include soaring columns of intricately carved Italian Carrara marble.  Not a surface is left untouched by elaborately carved plaster or covered in complex geometric tilework.  Possibly the most visited historic site in Marrakech. 
 
Open daily.  Admission 10 Dh (about $1.50).
Photos by Luc Viatour.