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Address: 600 metres from N13, Rissani, Morocco
Phone Number: +212 670-912536
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Description: 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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Very beautiful architecture

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2014
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Ogden, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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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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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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63 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The mausoleum does not merit going out of your way, but if you are already in the vicinity, you will enjoy a few minutes visiting this serene little spot. The important parts are ahead to the left when you walk in, but as a non-Muslim, you can only go so far in to those rooms, so ask. There is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We went here while on our tour of Morocco and it was a great surprise. It's on the edge of Rissani on the way to Erg Chebbi. As soon as we walked through the gates we were surprised at how lush the courtyard was. It was a great break from the heat of the day and a really relaxing stop.... More 

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Fes, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

A great little place, hidden away from major touristic attractions (the dunes), worth a visit. You need about half an hour to soak in its atmosphere and marvel at its decoration. They might ask you to contribute something (depending on the guardian).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Its a nice mausoleum especially the main gate with beautiful carved door n plaster work. Could not go inside as i think its not allowed or only for people living there...but worth checking in and ask the guards to let in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

The mausoleum is signposted from the main road (N13) and is easy to find. It is open to non-muslims (although the small mosque - a room off the courtyard is not open for non-muslims, although you can see in). Do not be put off by the lack of activity at the closed entrance gates - there are relatively few visitors... More 

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