Mausoleum of Sidi Abd El Aziz, Marrakech

Mausoleum of Sidi Abd El Aziz, Marrakech

The Mausoleum of Sidi Abd el Aziz is not open to non-Muslims, but don’t let that put you off going to admire it from the exterior.

This small mausoleum was built in 1508 on the orders of the Alaouite Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdellah. The building is white with a pointed roof tiled in green. It has wooden, carved eaves and a horseshoe shaped entrance.

Sidi Abd el Aziz was born Abou Faress Abdelaziz and he was a silk merchant in Fès. Apparently he underwent some kind of religious conversion and gave up his business to become a fervent follower and principle disciple of Sidi ben Slimane, the founder of Moroccan Sufism.

He moved to Marrakech were he preached Sufism ethics to craftsmen and corporations in the Ben Youssef Mosque. Sufism is the belief in the inner mystical dimension of Islam and its aim is to turn the heart away from everything except God. It was and still is a popular movement and gains adherents during times of conflict and “social decadence”.

There are no saints in Islam, but Sidi Abd el Aziz, Sidi ben Slimane and five others are considered the “Seven Men” – equivalent to Christian saints – because they are all buried in the same city. Sidi Abd el Aziz is honored on Saturdays.

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Sight Name: Mausoleum of Sidi Abd El Aziz
Sight Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech   Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech  

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