Rissani - Morocco
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Rissani or Er-Rissani, also known as Moulay Ali Chérif in reference to the ancestor and founder of the Alawite dynasty, is a town in the province of Errachidia in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of Morocco. Rissani, formerly called Sijilmassa, is the former capital of Tafilalet and a former major caravan center. Rissani has remained one of the great shopping centers of the region, with a big souk, particularly lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Most of the trade that once existed with Africa involved gold, ivory, slaves and salt imported from Mali. The leather of the Tafilalet was made at Rissani, and had no equal in the whole of Morocco. It is a fine and supple leather, made of tanned goat skin with tamarisk bark.
Its position as a crossroads between the north and the south gives the city an important status and has allowed it an unparalleled urban development by the presence of different Ksour of world renown.
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