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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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Lovely gardens and history

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

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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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 

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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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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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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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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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Address: 600 metres from N13, Rissani, Morocco
Phone Number: +212 670-912536
Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Meknes-Tafilalet Region  >  Rissani

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