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Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Rissani
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Owner description: 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.
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.

Thank Deepak2004
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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 - you simply have to open the door and go to the official inside the door. This building is a shrine and not set up as a tourist destination
The buildings were rebuilt in 1955 after the Ziz flooded. The original buildings go back to the time of the the Alaouites. Moulay Ali Cherif died in 1659 in Rissani.
The area is of course dusty and dry, with traditional clay/straw buildings, so it is a surprise to come to the open square where the Mausoleum grand gates contrast with the other buildings. Once inside there is an immaculate perfectly proportioned Andalucian style garden making a complete contrast to the surrounding dry landscape and busy town

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Reviewed June 10, 2017
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Reviewed April 23, 2017
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