Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum, Rissani

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  • Is a very nice place, worth the visit, by gardens, fountains, mosaics, but only Muslims can enter the inner part where the graves, at least that's what the guide told us.
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  • This mausoleum has a very nice entry but inside there was not that much to see or learn. The local guide told just who Moulay Ali Cherif was: a former King. This guide then took us to an old kasbah where people live, but you just saw dark corridors. Then we had to go to a local store.
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  • This facility is open to non-Muslims but, anyway, it's an experience not to be missed. I would definitely recommend a guided tour to understand in more detail the history of this place and some traditions would otherwise not understand. Very mystical atmosphere that you breathe: not to be missed!
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  • The few tourists who venture to Rissani, ancient Sijilmassa, capital of Tafilalet, often have to base the Moulay Ali CHÉRIF mosque, the name of the founder of the alaouite dynasty. Born in 762 and died in 847 the AH at the age of 85, he hails from Yanboua, in Saudi Arabia. He was buried, in a first step, to the zawiya of Tighmart in 200 km from Rissani until his body is transferred to the current mausoleum, built under the reign of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in 1206 of the hegira. During his lifetime, Moulay Ali Chérif was a great man of faith, a Mujahid and an illustrious scientist who passed his knowledge to a large number of his followers. His teachings were followed until Andalusia where he spent more than 20 years. The shrine mosque that bears his name is one of the most beautiful monuments of the Tafilalet region. The mausoleum which has been rebuilt in 1965 after its destruction by a flood of the oued Ziz decorated ceramics has of an imposing portal and gives access to the large room housing the tomb of Moulay Ali Chérif. The enclosure includes a large courtyard, a patio and a picturesque mosque dominated by a magnificent dome with a length of 11 meters 7 m width and a height of 15 metres, decorated according to the rules of the Moroccan architectural art. The sanctuary includes, in addition to the unassuming Moulay Ali Chrif and his son Moulay me Hamed and Moulay Youssef, those of Sidi El Habib ben Zine El Abidine Ben Moulay Ismaël and Moulay Rachid Ben Sidi Mohamed Ben Abderrahmane. The town of Rissani where this high place in history was built on the ruins of Sijilmassa, town that reached its peak in the 7th century. From archaeological excavations, can be read in the site of Errachidia, this city had a main avenue that measures more than a kilometre in length, it is one of the largest cities of the medieval Africa. In 1998, a map of the central part of Sijilmassa, developed by a mission-Moroccan - American, shows several buildings surface like the great mosque and the Citadel, the walls remain visible. A map of 1996, developed using aerial photos and satellite images, taken indicates the location of the underground main walls and major arteries: an image of the city that has been described, more than 1,000 years ago in its outline. Besides the location of a cemetery and the market of international transactions, an industrial complex, updated to the West of the city on the Bank of the oued Ziz, shows several rooms, interconnected by a system of drains, would have been used in the washing the ores, knowing that, in medieval Maghreb, all gold exported by merchants was hit in Sijilmassa, as reported by Al Masoudi. Medieval Arab account books attest to the importance of Almoravid dinar of Sijilmassa, whose some parts were found in France, on the way to their transit by Genes to the Middle East. In 1992, in Jordan at Aqaba, other parts have been discovered during excavations in the old port, at the door of the Red Sea. The ceramic industry was another sector of activity all also thriving as evidenced by objects found at several sites. BUZZEFF. TV inRead invented by Teads a former Trade Center Le Tafilalet has played a leading role in the history of the country. The ancient Sijilmassa was born in 1640 the alawite dynasty. Moulay Ali Chérif was the founder. The Tafilalet, it is also a shopping mall which was very important for many centuries. Main gate of the Sahara, Tafilalet served as a place of exchanges between the North and the far south and it is through this region was the transit of gold and spices to Sudan and Guinea great (side of the Gulf of Guinea)
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  • Very beautiful monument and gardens, a little bit of history of the Morocco and islam. Everything is accessible to everyone.
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  • Very nice
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  • Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sharif, founder of the dynasty Alaouite in Morocco. We could only access the side yard (which is accessed by the large Brown doors), but not to the mausoleum itself, nor the mosque, whose access is restricted to non-Muslims.
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  • Must visit this place
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