Place of worship
rich in decorations, stuccos and zellij. don't miss this corner in the KASBAH AREA
Try to be there first thing in the morning (it opens at 9h) or to be the last of the day (it closes at 17h), otherwise you'll encounter lines to see the tombs in the royal room (the ones belonging to former rules of Morocco). Independently of when you go, you'll always be able to see the other…
Amazingly intricate and impressive marble and wood decoration, the tombs of the Saadian dynasty are an important part of Marrakech's cultural legacy and very beautiful. 12 minutes walk from the riad
Located directly next to the Kasbah mosque go and visit the Saadien tombs to see & discover the history of one of the great Dynasties of Morocco's past.
Built at the end of XVI century, under the kingdom of the sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Saadi, and discovered only at the beginning of the 20th century, the mausoleum hosts the bodies of the Saadians in an ambience full of beautiful decorations made of cedar wood, marble and Zellije (Moroccan tiles). You…
Loin de la foule, les tombeaux saâdiens et leur jardin arabo-andalou offrent un moment de calme avant de visiter les deux mausolées aux salles richement décorées, à l’ombre du superbe minaret de la mosquée d’El-Mansour.
Les tombeaux datent de l'époque du grand sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Saadi (1578-1603). A voir !
“majestic and imposing palace. A ruin with an underground path that highlights its historical importance”
“this one is a very historic place in the ancient city of Marrakech filed with very nice decoration and beautiful colors all over the Palace especially the blue square inside the palace ”
“Majorelle is a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden. An archaeological museum, it contains the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech. The edifice was designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s.Majorelle was the son of the Art Nouveau ébéniste of Nancy, Louis Majorelle. Though Majorelle's gentlemanly orientalist watercolors are largely forgotten today (many are preserved in the villa's collection), the gardens he created are his creative masterpiece. The special shade of bold cobalt blue which he used extensively in the garden and its buildings is named after him, bleu Majorelle—Majorelle Blue. The garden hosts more than 15 bird species that are endemic to North Africa. It has many fountains, and a notable collection of cacti. The garden has been open to the public since 1947. Since 1980 the garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden. It also houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, whose collection includes North African textiles from Saint-Laurent's personal collection as well as ceramics, jewelry, and paintings by Majorelle.”
“"You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded” reads the inscription over the entryway to the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, and after almost six centuries, the blessing still works its charms on visitors. It was founded during the period of the Merenids (14th century) by the sultan Abu al-Hassan and allied to the neighboring Ben Youssef Mosque, this Quranic learning center was once the largest in North Africa, and remains among the most splendid. The building of the madrasa was re-constructed by the Saadian Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib (1557–1574). In 1565 the works ordered by Abdallah al-Ghalib were finished, as confirmed by the inscription in the prayer room. Sight lines are lifted in the entry with carved Atlas cedar cupolas and mashrabiyya (wooden-lattice screen) balconies. The medersa’s courtyard is a mind-boggling profusion of HispanoMoresque ornament: five-colour zellije (mosaic) walls, stucco archways, cedar windows with weather-worn carved vines, and a curved mihrab (eastern-facing niche) of prized, milky-white Italian Carrara marble. The carvings contain no representation of humans or animals, as required by Islam, and consist entirely of inscriptions and geometric patterns. It hosted 130 student dormitory cells cluster around the richly decorated courtyard, for a total of about 900 students. One of its best known teachers was Mohammed al-Ifrani (1670-1745). Closed down in 1960, the building was refurbished and reopened to the public as a historical site in 1982.”
“Marrakech Museum in the Dar Menebhi Palace, built at the end of the 19th century by Mehdi Menebhi. The palace was restored by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation and then converted into a museum in 1997.”