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Address: 600 metres from N13, Rissani, Morocco
Phone Number: +212 670-912536
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Sijilmassa (pronounced see-jill-moss-uh), a national historic site...

Sijilmassa (pronounced see-jill-moss-uh), a national historic site recognized by Morocco's Ministry of Culture, was the fabled and ancient Berber capital of the Tafilalet Kingdom located at the northern edge of the Sahara desert that once rivaled Marrakech.

Founded in A.D. 757 On the banks overlooking the Oued Ziz, a river in the oasis region of the Sahara desert, Sijilmassa grew wealthy and powerful during the Middle Ages as a gold-trade-route city strategically located at the exit-point of the western Trans-Saharan caravan trade route -- which extended from the Niger River in the Sudan to Tangier in northern Morocco.

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Small & Green

Although small this was the most beautiful courtyard of nature i came across in Morocco, lush green with a variety of tree planted, i think 5 different ones. Being a Non Muslim we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mayank A
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Tinsukia, India
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Tinsukia, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although small this was the most beautiful courtyard of nature i came across in Morocco, lush green with a variety of tree planted, i think 5 different ones. Being a Non Muslim we were not allowed into the Mausoleum or the Mosque. A visit can be wrapped up under 5 to 10 minutes but this place calls ones to sit... More 

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Royston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

nicely decorated mosque holding the body of Moulay Ali Cherif who was the first ruler of the Alawite dynasty which ruled until the 17th century.

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Thank Stuart_Donald
Marrakech, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I don't what's interests people to see in this mousuluem as i would better go and discover the old kasbahs around and go to the souk of rissani more worth it. i would skip Moulay Ai Cherif Mousuluem with eyes closed.

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Thank IBouyecho
Fes, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

insaide this mousque yo can see the kingdem familly gentique tree and same forgeted prince from the same familly who care about simple life relegion and spirituality reding koran and praying and helping the soffie s cultre

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Thank adnane s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Lovely place which is home to the tomb (maqam) of Moulay Ali Cherif and a beautifully decorated mosque. This noble man was the first of the Alawite Kings of Morocco and a famously religious man with spiritual miracles. There is no entrance fee and as with the majority of mosques in Morocco, people who are not Muslim are sadly refused... More 

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Younes S, Owner at Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum, responded to this review

Morocco Sijilmassa Tours Sijilmassa tours is a company Bassed in the south of morocco is a team that offers several presentations and services to help you preparing your own trek, Tours, expedition ... in Morocco.Either in the mountains or in Desert of Morocco.Our aim is to put into the real life style of the real Moroccans living in the mountains... More 

Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We visited as part of a Gate 1 tour. We could enter the garden, but only peer into the door of the mosque and the door to the mausoleum gardens. Floods wiped out the original structure in the 1970s and it has been restored. Our local guide was very helpful and told us the history and gave us the opportunity... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This mausoleum was damaged by a flooding in 1963 and repaired under the reign of Hassan 2nd, beautiful job. Enjoy the garden inside.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Nice gardens inside the masoleum. Only allowed to see part of the site as a non-muslim, but it is free and worth the visit if your in Rissani, or if your driving to Merzouga. A 'guide' showed us around, and didn't hassle us for money, which confused us a little.

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1 Thank Paul S
Ogden, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

They have some very impressive ceilings here and also very beautiful carved marble and very pretty tile work. They still bury some of the kings ancestors here. The graves were also impressive. The main one is the king and his wives.

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Thank Patty W
New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A highlight during our exploration of Rissani was visiting the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum. The entrance to the mausoleum complex is a huge gate with a smaller jagged patterned doorway. Upon initial observation, this Mausoleum appears to be a bit more simplistic in design and decoration than some of the other Mausoleums we visited. However, the tile work is intricate... More 

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