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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...more
Rissani, Morocco
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There isn't much to see, at least not where we stopped, but it is amazing to see what existed before modern-day Rissani and how what was once such a flourishing trade city can become so meager and wispy. You'll see it as you drive into...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Rissani or Sijilmasa ( سجلماسة‎ Sijilmassa, Sidjilmasa, Sidjilmassa and Sigilmassa) was a medieval Moroccan city and trade entrepôt at the northern edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The ruins of the town extend for five miles along the River Ziz in the Tafilalt oasis...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MoroccoPrivateTour
Reviewed 20 February 2018

Not a lot left, and sadly the ruin is neglected and delapidated as it sits open to the harsh reality of the desert sands and scorching sun. Really is quite sad.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank KiwiKerry53
Reviewed 7 November 2016

sijilmassa day tour in rissani it's mazing to know it by local guide Younes his english fantastic he do his best to understand him for all trory around rissani tenghras too molay aly sharif and mesouem alfida

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Merzouga S
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Siljilmassa, built in the 8th century on Oued Ziz in the Tafilate oasis with approx 30K people living there throughout its history. Sijilmasa became a vital trading post located on the Trans-Saharan trade route and became the trade Mecca of Maghreb through salt and gold...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank worldseeker2014
Reviewed 6 January 2016

I passed through these ruins, not much of it left, on my way from Merzouga to Erfoud. The place was once an important trade town and harbors a rich history for the Gold trade. It was a pivotal town also for the two important dynasties...More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank TheGlacierist
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Sijilmassa, which predates Marrakech by a few centuries, came into prominence as the harsh direct caravan routes between Egypt and Ghana and old Sudan slowly turned indirect, via the North African coast line and then southwards onto Sijilmassa and further southwards into Mali and Ghana....More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank t1nkud
Reviewed 10 December 2015

I have visited this place and learned about the Caravan saray that has passed here over ages ago, which goes back into the medieval ages, while this region was salf, gold, ivory and slavory roads, as the region was very rich as well, Sijilmasa now...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank IBouyecho
Reviewed 20 January 2015

visited the ruins along the river.it was a medieval town. irt was interesting and and in one area, we had to remove our shoes on the carpets. we had some nice tea and relaxed.

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank y0frank
Reviewed 23 August 2014

The city was located in present day southeastern Morocco, the ruins of which can be found along the river Ziz in the Tafilalt oasis. The city served as the terminus for the Trans-Sahara trade route till the 14th century and was one of the most...More

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank toursinmorocco
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