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Address: 600 Metres From N13, Rissani 52450, Morocco
Phone Number: +212 670-912536

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 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2016
Mayank A
Tinsukia, India

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Redlands, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For a non-Muslim, the visit is worth 5 or 10 minutes, as the mosque and mausoleum are off-limits. However, the courtyard is beautiful with lost of plants and trees.

Thank Robert C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nice hestory molay ali charif family of the king mohamed V grand father tum this place not far of city center of rissani

Thank Sara C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

so nice its has a lot of meaning in rissani granfather the family of the king it imazing herstory and that area has lovely people

Thank Maroc M
Fes, Morocco
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

The Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif , third great-grandfather of Moulay Cherif is the founder of the alaouite dynasty of Morocco is located near to great places visit

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Tinsukia, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

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 

Thank Mayank A
Royston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 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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Marrakech, Morocco
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 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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Fes, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 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

Thank adnane s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 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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