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Address: 600 Metres From N13, Rissani, Morocco
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+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

Reviewed 5 February 2016
Mayank A
Tinsukia, India

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The mausoleum is a nice place to visit. We found a guide at the entrance that was willing to show us around. However nothing was allowed to visit for non-muslims, besides the garden. Fortunately the guide not only explained to us what we were seeing, but he also showed us the neighboring ksars. It was nice to stop here because... More 

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Redlands, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

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.

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

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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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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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 25 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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332 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
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 

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Royston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
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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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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.

Thank IBouyecho
Fes, Morocco
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13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

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Reviewed 25 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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