"Ancient Berber city" Sijilmassa by TheLongTone

Sijilmassa Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 3 photos

Between the eighth and thirteenth centuries Sijilmassa was a large and important city, due to its situation as the Northern ?terminus? of the Western trans-sahara caravan route, taking manufactured goods and salt and returning with gold, slaves and other goods such as ivory and ostrich -feathers. Reputedly a days march from Northern to Southern gates, virtually nothing now remains. When Leo Africanus passed through in the early sixteenth century the ancient city was already a ruin.

Little has been done in the way of archaeological investigation or preservation, and there is nothing to aid the tourist. Since there are no real ?sights? to see, this is understandable. Nevertheless there is enough to fire the imagination.

Sijilmassa is an UNESCO world heritage site and is on their endangered list.

What was Sijilmassa is now Rissani, which seems to enjoys a dubious reputation.

Mausoleum soth of Rissani.....the southern gate stood around here.

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