Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim

Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim, Rissani

Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY844 contributions
A historic and cultural site that still houses scions of the Alaouite dynasty
Oct 2019
Moulay Er-Rachid, brother and Caliph of Sultan Hassan I, lived and governed here from 1847. He sided with Vichy France in WWII while the King's family sided with the Allies. The ruins of Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim are part of the former palace complex. Scions of the Alaouite dynasty are still living here and live in fear that they be imprisoned or killed someday for the roll they played during the war. We wandered through this historic and cultural site admiring what used to have been. It was very interesting to walk thru what now are people's living quarters and observe the faded splendor of the past.
Written 13 December 2019
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sandra n
Sun City, AZ1,281 contributions
A bit of history on Moroccan culture
Oct 2018 • Couples
While on tour, we visited this Berber small village and enjoyed a walk through observing life here as the way traditions kept up survive. It was enjoyable and interesting learning a little about these Moroccan people and it was something we had not seen in other areas visited. Some areas were in poor condition, but generally not so bad considering the age of structures. Overall, a bit of history on Moroccan culture.
Written 27 May 2019
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Raymond W
Kempton Park, South Africa40 contributions
Said our guides house
Apr 2019 • Couples
Our Tour Guide Said B took us to meet his family in Rissani. We chilled and had some snacks and obviously tea. From there we went the market, took a look at the donkey parking, bought some dates and headed off to the Desert camp.
Written 23 May 2019
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey13,602 contributions
Interesting living ksar.
Jan 2019 • Couples
This fortified village - KSAR - still houses several extended families. The complex is magnificent and some parts ornate and splendid but time was not very kind to this interesting structure. The head of the main family recently died. Many books of the compound need renovation and repair. It seems that, at least partially, the owner families rely on and benefit from the money donated by the visitors. They supply a guide if you want to visit the ksar and allow even for a privilege of seeing parts of their private quarters.
Written 14 February 2019
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Coellum
Manila, Philippines1,254 contributions
Sad state of disrepair
Dec 2018 • Couples
While the Kasbah has had a long history, it is very much in need of restoration. The walls are crumbling. Our guide explained to us the functions of the different areas. One has to try very hard to imagine its former grandeur.
There are still about 30 families living there.
Written 22 December 2018
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redeco
Warren, MA9,189 contributions
Kasbah Style Family Village
Feb 2017 • Friends
Members of the same extended family have been living in this Kasbah style Berber village for over four hundred years. Our guide brought us into the village through the main gate and introduced us to several of the families who still live there. Some of the property has been lovingly restored thanks to the gifts from visitors eager to see the life style of these people. Yet, some of the village is much in need of repair and restoration.

We were shown into the living quarters of one family. We got to explore what must have been the home of a prosperous extended family at one time. These people live simply, yet, they seem content with their lives. I don't think the public can simply walk into this private space. Ask your local guide to bring you here. Enjoy.
Written 29 March 2017
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pkrissel
Salem, OR1,388 contributions
A living historic Berber village
Oct 2014 • Couples
This Ksar is still partially occupied by families. We were here as part of a Gate 1 tour, with a local guide joining us at the Rissani city gate. The Ksar, a fortified village, is a Berber style of living. The construction is large bales of straw and mud, covered by a stucco of straw and mud. We were shown through the common areas of this village. Many families still live here, though others have moved to more modern houses. The members of a Ksar are all of one tribe. Several generations live together. We explored some of the sections that were abandoned. Our guide explained that this type of construction must be repaired and maintained regularly. If left unrepaired, the structure will gradually fall apart.

We saw the hammam, or common bath, and gardens that were part of a residence of a wealthier family.

This is a very worthwhile visit with a local guide who explains the construction, the style of life, and can take you inside to see how people live. I recommend it highly.
Written 13 May 2015
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