Coordinates: 31°17′09″N 4°16′30″W / 31.285948°N 4.275093°W / 31.285948; -4.275093
Not to be confused with Moulay Ali Cherif.
Western city gate of Rissani
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 31°17′9″N 4°16′30″W / 31.28583°N 4.27500°W / 31.28583; -4.27500
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Rissani is a town in eastern Morocco, located near Erfoud. It is in the region of Er-Rachidia, and is the closest town of significant size to the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. Its population in 2004 was 20,469.
The mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, Moulay Ali Cherif, is located on the southern edge of town.
Rissani is the ancient capital of Tafilalet. Its location as a crossroads between north and south gave the city a certain importance in previous times.
A former major caravan center, Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It is noted for its leather and goat skin trading.
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