Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum

Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum

Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum
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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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Pblossom
Portland, OR77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The mausoleum is lush and cool, which allows you to escape the sun and heat and chill out for a while, to slowly wander and admire the incredible carved doors, fabulous tile work and fantastic mosaics. Bird songs resonate in the courtyard. Our experience was enhanced by a very knowledgeable local guide who explained the history, the messages and symbolisms “hidden” in the carved gates, doors and walls.
Written 10 May 2024
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Musicians Mum
1,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Clean Ladies toilets.
Peaceful and tranquil historical site.
Not my first visit but each time learnt something more from the guide.
Walls enclose traditional gardens. Doors covered in design work. Windows leave pattered lights.
Actual tomb area accessible only to Muslim visitors.
Written 26 January 2024
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Ed C
Arlington, VA802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our tour stopped at the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum. This is the final resting place of the founder of the (current) Moroccan Alawite dynasty and several of his sons. While the elaborate gate and court yard is open to all, the mausoleum itself and the attached mosque are off limits to non-Muslims. It is possible to look into the mosque through its doors.

The building is actually a relatively recent construct. The original was heavily damaged by flooding and restored / rebuilt in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

While we were there one of the local individuals demonstrated how a Tuareg Berber headdress is wound around the head.
Written 14 May 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum is located inside the Mosque of Rissani, a town near Merzouga Desert, in Morocco. This Mausoleum is closed to no Muslims, so we only could see the courtyard of the Mosque, which is very beautiful and we see this mausoleum from outside. In fact, the Arabic architecture is very beautiful. It is a very nice place.
Written 9 February 2020
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,771 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Peaceful,quiet, cool, green, restful and sacred, this is a lovely visit. Not unique in Morocco but lovely just the same. Of course, unless you are Muslim you cannot visit the whole complex but the courtyard garden and arcades are very lovely.
Written 31 May 2019
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Maria B
Mississauga, Canada303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Beautiful place. What a lot of wonderful plants and though we couldn't get to go inside the tomb area we stood out and took alot of pictures. The place is so aesthetically done and very peaceful too.
Written 23 April 2019
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Karen S
New York City, NY5,881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
The mausoleum and mosque is only open for Moslem visitors but we got a peek of the inner courtyard. It was so peaceful and quiet. There were a lot of people but as the place is so big you didn’t feel crowded
Written 8 April 2019
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BVvdB
The Netherlands623 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
For the end of 2018 we (Dutch family of 4, kids 14 and 18) chose to visit Morocco. Fly to Fez and hire a car to drive our way via Meknes and Ouzoud to Marrakech.
We went here several times trying to visit it, but the first time we did not know what it was. The second time we found out there was a long lunch break. The third time they were closed for renovation. It is a pity we could not visit the Mausoleum, but we will try a fourth time in the future.
Written 6 January 2019
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Coellum
Manila, Philippines1,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you happen to be in Risani, this mausoleum is worthy of a quick visit. Visitors can enter the courtyard with the lovely mosaic floors and garden. But we were not allowed beyond that court. Only Muslims can enter.
Written 22 December 2018
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flaneur40
New York City, NY1,695 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
This is a relatively new mausoleum and I think you can skip it. It's surrounded by people trying to sell you things and it is really quite annoying. They do not follow you into the Mausoleum but they do follow you into the ksar.
Written 9 December 2018
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