Tomb of Sidi Abd al Aziz, Marrakesh

The Mausoleum of Sidi Abd El Aziz is a small mausoleum in the northern medina of Marrakesh, just west of the Ben Youssef Medersa. Its occupant died in 1508 and is one of the "seven saints" of Marrakesh.

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History of Tomb of Sidi Abd al Aziz

As many as 200 Muslim holy men and women are buried in Marrakesh, but the most important are the Sabatou Rijal, literally the "seven men" but usually translated in English as the "seven saints." (Islam doesn't actually have saints.)

The pilgrimage to the tombs of the seven men was established in the 17th century under the Alaouite ruler Moulay Ismail in order to provide Marrakesh with extra religious significance.

The practice is no longer as popular as it once was, but for a low-key week in late March, pilgrims visit their tombs (in a specific anticlockwise order around the Medina) as they have for centuries. And many Moroccans still say "I am going to the Seven Men" to mean they are going to Marrakesh.

Sidi Abd El Aziz was born in Marrakesh and illiterate in his youth, but later made a name for himself in Fes at the Medersa el Attarine, where he was the spiritual successor of Imam el Jazouli. He died in 1508 and was buried in Marrakesh.

It has become a local tradition for women to pray to Sidi Abd El Aziz for fertility and a safe childbirth.

What to See at Tomb of Sidi Abd al Aziz

The small mausoleum is not open to non-Muslims, but is worth walking past since it is on an interesting souk on the way to the mosque and medersa of Ben Youssef. It is located on the left side of Rue Mouassin as you walk north, just as it begins to curve to the right (see map).

The exterior features a green-tiled pointed roof and finely-carved wooden eaves sheltering a square white building with a horseshoe-shaped entrance.

Quick Facts on Tomb of Sidi Abd al Aziz

Site Information
Names:Tomb of Sidi Abd al Aziz
Country:Morocco
Categories:shrines; graves
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:31.632163° N, 7.989281° W
Address:Marrakesh, Morocco
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. Personal visit (April 2007) - exterior only
  2. The Rough Guide to Morocco, 7th ed. (October 2004).
  3. The Seven Saints of Marrakesh - Sacred Sites Morocco
  4. Marrakesh/Marrakech - Arab Net

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© Holly Hayes
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