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[[Image:Rissani-Sahara-Morocco.jpg|thumb|340px|Center for Studies and Research of the Alaouite dynasty, Rissani Morocco]]
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[[Image:Moulay-Ali-Cherif-Mausoleum.jpg|thumb|340px|Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum in Rissani south east Morocco]]
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'''Rissani''' is a small oasis town in [[Morocco]] that lies near the northwest edge of the Sahara.
 
'''Rissani''' is a small oasis town in [[Morocco]] that lies near the northwest edge of the Sahara.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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In Rissani if you don't have your own car it's CTM.  The CTM bus leaves the Fez bus station at 9pm.  You will get into Rissani around 6AM.  From there you will need to take a taxi to Merzouga.  From Fes to Rissani it costs 150 dirhams (MAD) and if you need help how to be in Rissani you can contact Driss Karaoui email : dkaraoui@hotmail.com
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tel: +21266908369
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
when you are in rissani city there is lot of things to see and to enjoy your time too and many suprice waiting for you and many questions come to your mind.
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when you are in Rissani city there are a lot of things to see and to enjoy your time too and many surprises waiting for you and many questions come to your mind.
in rissani you can see :
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in Rissani you can see :
lot of ksours for examples
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a lot of ksours for examples
 
Moulay Ali chérif mausoleum:
 
Moulay Ali chérif mausoleum:
When you go through the big gate ornamented by green ceramics and topped by a dome you will find  on your right the big room that shelters the tomb of moula yali cherif.the first founder of the Alaouite dynasty.
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When you go through the big gate ornamented by green ceramics and topped by a dome you will find  on your right the big room that shelters the tomb of moulay ali cherif. The first founder of the Alaouite dynasty.
 
This mausoleum was rebuild in 1965 after having been destroyed by a rise in the water level when the ZIZ river was in spate the sacred precinct has a wide yard, a patio and picturesque mosque .
 
This mausoleum was rebuild in 1965 after having been destroyed by a rise in the water level when the ZIZ river was in spate the sacred precinct has a wide yard, a patio and picturesque mosque .
 
'''Ksar el fida:'''
 
'''Ksar el fida:'''
It s situated at about 4 km on the north east of rissani its the most important and at same time the most ancient of the alaouite ksars in the Tafilalet however. Its worth montioning that the genesis of the ksar dates back to the reign of king moulay Ismail to house his son king moulay abdellah . but the ksar was reduced to rubbles and ruined except for the high outsid walls and the tours which were built of muddy earth.
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It s situated at about 4 km on the north east of Rissani its the most important and at same time the most ancient of the alaouite ksars in the Tafilalet however. Its worth mentioning that the genesis of the ksar dates back to the reign of king moulay Ismail to house his son king moulay abdellah, but the ksar was reduced to rubbles and ruined except for the high outside walls and the tours which were built of muddy earth.
The ksar was rebuild under the reign of moulay   abd al rahman but this time at about eught hundred metters at south east of the first site.
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The ksar was rebuilt under the reign of moulay abd al rahman but this time at about eight hundred metters at south east of the first site.
 
Ever since the ksar had preponderant  roles in directing the policy of region and at times its served  
 
Ever since the ksar had preponderant  roles in directing the policy of region and at times its served  
 
As residential palace of the Khalifa or Caid of the Tafilalet and this up to 1965.
 
As residential palace of the Khalifa or Caid of the Tafilalet and this up to 1965.
Henceforth the ksar was a Makhzanean domain an dis still an architevtural patrimony.
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Henceforth the ksar was a Makhzanean domain and is still an architectural patrimony.
  
 
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Visit the 3 day weekly Rissani souk (market) - Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday - meet wandering traders, nomads, Berbers and Arabic desert dwellers who come to sell all kinds of clothing, wares, plants, spices and vegetables, and animals. You can see what wild plants people gather and use as medicine; plus the sheep market, donkey market, and bird market.
== Ksar oulad abdelhlim ==
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and you can see the souk (market) and its 3 day in the week sunday wensday and thersday and in market can meet defrent poeples who live rouad rissani in mountain for examples some nomad and berber and arabic and you can see what poples in this area they use as medecine and and you can see shep market and birds market ...............................
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- mountains who rich by fossils stone and manafacture how they make them i mean defrent stepe for make .
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to discover all this things you need local guide in rissani you can contac driss karaoui his email is dkaraoui@hotmail.com tel: +21266908369
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==Do==
 
==Do==
walk rent bike go to hamam (bath public)
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You can :
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Walk
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Rent a bike
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go to hamam (public bath)
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
the rissani sevenir is plate made from palme tree paper by some woman in old ksour and this work was as suport for them buy their own things cloth gold ...
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The Rissani souvenir is a plate made from palm tree paper by some women in old ksour and this work was as support for them buy their own things (such as clothes or gold).
this you can found also in market with cheap price 5 dirhams 50 cm euro ..
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You can also find in the market for a cheap price (5 dirhams(MAD) or ~0.5€)
- you can buy fossils stone i mean ammonite orthoceras and small decoration....
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*You can buy fossils stone i mean ammonite orthoceras and small decoration.
visit the the shop :
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Fabrique exposition des fossiles is owned by Driss karaoui families, it's located in South-East. Of Morocco in the region called TAFILALET or Sahara gate.
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Fabrique exposition des fossiles tray always to show and to expose what sculpture of fossiles and marble make and it's based on lot purposes.
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-Make trip for interesting peoples to the mountains to discover all type of fossils we have in area
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Give information's about place where can find fossils-
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-Show and teach interesting peoples the deferent stapes to make fossils from stone to polish fossils or decorations.
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- Fabrique exposition des fossiles
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Sell all types of fossils, things make from this stone and minerals
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-Black and brown marble with fossils different measure.
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-Marble sculptured pieces big block of marble
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-Tables fountains desk lamps
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-Ammonites pieces
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-Trilobites
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-collections of minerals
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-Decorations for house (guarden, bath room, kitchen
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-Make import and export
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-Good prices
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-Hight quality
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this person can explaine to you more about fossils and he can make for you trip to mountain and place where they make this fossils .
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- you can also buy dates rissani area rich by dates fruite............
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http://perso.menara.ma/dkaraoui1/index.htm
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http://www.geocities.com/moroccofossils
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or email adress dkaraoui@hotmail.com
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tel: +21266908369
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
better to drink mineral watter Sidi ali or Sid hrazem or Ciel and potel cost max price 5 or 6 dirhams.
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Better to drink mineral watter Sidi ali or Sid hrazem or Ciel .The Max price of a bottle is 5 or 6 dirhams.
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A bottle of water (this is not mineral water) Ciel 1 liter costs 5,00 DH. Don't pay more!
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
in rissani there is hotes but not in good condition to sleep and better place to sleep in desert ( sahara) its about 30 km (30 min by car )
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*'''Rissani Youth Hostel''', 57 Hay Moulay Rachid, Tel: 212-35-575389, Fax: 212-35-575389, Mobile:212-(0)68191159, Email: ryh2007@gmail.com. The Rissani hostel is located in the city centre, in an oasis in the south-east region of the country. Close to the "Dar Lam rani Hôtel" house. The Tafilalt palm grove is not far from the hostel. The hostel organizes trips to the Meski "blue spring" and to the Todra Gorges, and can set up a caravan to spend the night in the middle of sand dunes, Bivouac style. Prices from Bed price from: 35.00 MAD; Double/Twin Room: 80.00 MAD; 4 Bed Private Room: 150.00 MAD; 6+ Bed Private Room: 50.00 MAD.
and good hotel there is auberge sahara chez les freres borchok
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There are some hotels in Rissani, but many are not in good sleeping condition.  The best place to spend the night at is the desert (Sahara) - it's about 30 km (30 min by car).
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* '''Hotel Merzouga''' (close to the souk) for 150 DH per night / double room. Clean, hot shower, friendly. Small garden in the backside, where you can relax from the day.
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==Stay Safe==
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Like many small towns in this region, a major source of income are tourists.  Many tourists come to Rissani with the intention of spending a night or more in the pre-Saharan Desert. 
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That being said, you will have to contend with some fairly aggressive touts that pounce upon tourists the moment the bus stops.  This is particularly noticable when arriving by CTM because you are dropped off in the medina rather than the bus station.
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If you don't want to be hassled from the moment you arrive, it would be a wise decision to find a reputable tour operator prior to arriving in Rissani.  Explain to them exactly when you will be arriving and try to arrange for them to meet you at the bus.  This will hopefully alleviate much of the hassle.
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However if you would prefer to do things the old-fashioned way (and admittedly more exciting and adventurous) and simply show up, you can usually rid yourself of the touts by issuing a polite (but firm) "La, shokran" to them.  Remember that '''no one is going to harm you''', so keep smiling and stay relaxed.  And enjoy your amazing trip into the Sahara!!
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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There is a bus from Rissani to Marrakech that leaves once a day at 6pm. (CTM)
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Bus to Fez, 10am/8pm.
  
 
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Revision as of 18:04, 18 November 2012

Center for Studies and Research of the Alaouite dynasty, Rissani Morocco
Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum in Rissani south east Morocco

Rissani is a small oasis town in Morocco that lies near the northwest edge of the Sahara.

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Get in

In Rissani if you don't have your own car it's CTM. The CTM bus leaves the Fez bus station at 9pm. You will get into Rissani around 6AM. From there you will need to take a taxi to Merzouga. From Fes to Rissani it costs 150 dirhams (MAD) and if you need help how to be in Rissani you can contact Driss Karaoui email : dkaraoui@hotmail.com tel: +21266908369

Get around

See

when you are in Rissani city there are a lot of things to see and to enjoy your time too and many surprises waiting for you and many questions come to your mind. in Rissani you can see : a lot of ksours for examples Moulay Ali chérif mausoleum: When you go through the big gate ornamented by green ceramics and topped by a dome you will find on your right the big room that shelters the tomb of moulay ali cherif. The first founder of the Alaouite dynasty. This mausoleum was rebuild in 1965 after having been destroyed by a rise in the water level when the ZIZ river was in spate the sacred precinct has a wide yard, a patio and picturesque mosque . Ksar el fida: It s situated at about 4 km on the north east of Rissani its the most important and at same time the most ancient of the alaouite ksars in the Tafilalet however. Its worth mentioning that the genesis of the ksar dates back to the reign of king moulay Ismail to house his son king moulay abdellah, but the ksar was reduced to rubbles and ruined except for the high outside walls and the tours which were built of muddy earth. The ksar was rebuilt under the reign of moulay abd al rahman but this time at about eight hundred metters at south east of the first site. Ever since the ksar had preponderant roles in directing the policy of region and at times its served As residential palace of the Khalifa or Caid of the Tafilalet and this up to 1965. Henceforth the ksar was a Makhzanean domain and is still an architectural patrimony.

Visit the 3 day weekly Rissani souk (market) - Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday - meet wandering traders, nomads, Berbers and Arabic desert dwellers who come to sell all kinds of clothing, wares, plants, spices and vegetables, and animals. You can see what wild plants people gather and use as medicine; plus the sheep market, donkey market, and bird market.

Do

You can : Walk Rent a bike go to hamam (public bath)

Buy

The Rissani souvenir is a plate made from palm tree paper by some women in old ksour and this work was as support for them buy their own things (such as clothes or gold). You can also find in the market for a cheap price (5 dirhams(MAD) or ~0.5€)

  • You can buy fossils stone i mean ammonite orthoceras and small decoration.

Eat

in rissani city there is restaurant make good food but the best food is Madfouna or Pizza or (in sid bread) its local food and delsieuse and its has unio spices meat eggs ...............

Drink

Better to drink mineral watter Sidi ali or Sid hrazem or Ciel .The Max price of a bottle is 5 or 6 dirhams. A bottle of water (this is not mineral water) Ciel 1 liter costs 5,00 DH. Don't pay more!

Sleep

  • Rissani Youth Hostel, 57 Hay Moulay Rachid, Tel: 212-35-575389, Fax: 212-35-575389, Mobile:212-(0)68191159, Email: ryh2007@gmail.com. The Rissani hostel is located in the city centre, in an oasis in the south-east region of the country. Close to the "Dar Lam rani Hôtel" house. The Tafilalt palm grove is not far from the hostel. The hostel organizes trips to the Meski "blue spring" and to the Todra Gorges, and can set up a caravan to spend the night in the middle of sand dunes, Bivouac style. Prices from Bed price from: 35.00 MAD; Double/Twin Room: 80.00 MAD; 4 Bed Private Room: 150.00 MAD; 6+ Bed Private Room: 50.00 MAD.

There are some hotels in Rissani, but many are not in good sleeping condition. The best place to spend the night at is the desert (Sahara) - it's about 30 km (30 min by car).

  • Hotel Merzouga (close to the souk) for 150 DH per night / double room. Clean, hot shower, friendly. Small garden in the backside, where you can relax from the day.

Stay Safe

Like many small towns in this region, a major source of income are tourists. Many tourists come to Rissani with the intention of spending a night or more in the pre-Saharan Desert. That being said, you will have to contend with some fairly aggressive touts that pounce upon tourists the moment the bus stops. This is particularly noticable when arriving by CTM because you are dropped off in the medina rather than the bus station. If you don't want to be hassled from the moment you arrive, it would be a wise decision to find a reputable tour operator prior to arriving in Rissani. Explain to them exactly when you will be arriving and try to arrange for them to meet you at the bus. This will hopefully alleviate much of the hassle. However if you would prefer to do things the old-fashioned way (and admittedly more exciting and adventurous) and simply show up, you can usually rid yourself of the touts by issuing a polite (but firm) "La, shokran" to them. Remember that no one is going to harm you, so keep smiling and stay relaxed. And enjoy your amazing trip into the Sahara!!

Get out

There is a bus from Rissani to Marrakech that leaves once a day at 6pm. (CTM)

Bus to Fez, 10am/8pm.

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