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Erfoud Hotel ~ Rissani Mausoleum & Kasbah

Our hotel in ERFOUD, from where we went to watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert, was a unique place that was worth a few pictures. While staying here, we visited the historic little town of RISSANI to see the Mausoleum of a dynastic founder, Moulay Ali Cherif. Nearby was an ancient kasbah that we found most interesting to walk through before it was due to undergo restoration. Such a curious combination of edifices ~ a hotel, a tomb and a kasbah ~ all in the same afternoon.

PLEASE USE THE SLIDESHOW COMMAND - UPPER RIGHT OF SCREEN - TO VIEW THE WHOLE GALLERY.
Entrance to Kasbah Hotel Xaluca in Erfoud
Entrance to Kasbah Hotel Xaluca in Erfoud
Main entrace to lobby of Kasbah Hotel Xaluca
Main entrace to lobby of Kasbah Hotel Xaluca
Musician and singers welcomed us inside the hotel
Musician and singers welcomed us inside the hotel
The lobby's distinctive decor and furniture
The lobby's distinctive decor and furniture
The hotel's gift shop held many treasures
The hotel's gift shop held many treasures
Beautiful ceramic bowls in the hotel's gift shop
Beautiful ceramic bowls in the hotel's gift shop
Red carpets lead through the palm trees and past the pool terrace
Red carpets lead through the palm trees and past the pool terrace
Courtyards and gardens separate the hotel's wings
Courtyards and gardens separate the hotel's wings
Curious and interesting aritfacts are found in every courtyard
Curious and interesting aritfacts are found in every courtyard
Fascinating building material and antique objects
Fascinating building material and antique objects
A closer look at the adobe construction - with pigeon
A closer look at the adobe construction - with pigeon
Sturdy wooden ceilings and traditional lanterns
Sturdy wooden ceilings and traditional lanterns
Doors to the hotel's rooms are all different
Doors to the hotel's rooms are all different
Our room was delightfully exotic - just as it should be!
Our room was delightfully exotic - just as it should be!
Spacious room with plenty of seating - but no writing desk
Spacious room with plenty of seating - but no writing desk
The bathroom vanity is certainly unique!
The bathroom vanity is certainly unique!
Moroccan flags decorate the archway into Rissani
Moroccan flags decorate the archway into Rissani
A particularly fine archway into Rissani
A particularly fine archway into Rissani
We visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif
We visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif
We enter by way of a beautiful gate
We enter by way of a beautiful gate
In the courtyard garden grow several date palms
In the courtyard garden grow several date palms
A curious sight - ripening dates, wrapped in black lace!
A curious sight - ripening dates, wrapped in black lace!
The garden inside the walls is set around a pool
The garden inside the walls is set around a pool
Fine tile work in the shaded cloisters
Fine tile work in the shaded cloisters
Beautifully decorated door
Beautifully decorated door
Shoes outside indicate entrance to the tomb
Shoes outside indicate entrance to the tomb
These efficient water coolers caught our attention
These efficient water coolers caught our attention
Fine filigree stone work and a fabulous brass lantern
Fine filigree stone work and a fabulous brass lantern
Modern Moroccan women outside the mausoleum
Modern Moroccan women outside the mausoleum
Traditional modes of transport seen in rural areas
Traditional modes of transport seen in rural areas
Entrance to a genuine, soon-to-be-restored kasbah
Entrance to a genuine, soon-to-be-restored kasbah
Ancient wooden ceilings set into adobe walls
Ancient wooden ceilings set into adobe walls
Intriguing corridors and doorways inside the kashah
Intriguing corridors and doorways inside the kashah
What could be behind this door ...?
What could be behind this door ...?
Leading, perhaps, to a rooftop terrace...?
Leading, perhaps, to a rooftop terrace...?
No electric light inside the kasbah - how do they find their way?
No electric light inside the kasbah - how do they find their way?
Local building materials are used exclusively
Local building materials are used exclusively
T'would be easy to get lost in this place . . .
T'would be easy to get lost in this place . . .
The kasbah's well - an important feature
The kasbah's well - an important feature
Adobe walls suit the local climate conditions
Adobe walls suit the local climate conditions
Within this shop, a veritable caravan of treasures!
Within this shop, a veritable caravan of treasures!
An Alladin's cave of curiosities - just take your pick!
An "Alladin's cave" of curiosities - just take your pick!
Fabulous artifacts available for purchase
Fabulous artifacts available for purchase
Sunset over the Kasbah Hotel Xaluca in Erfoud
Sunset over the Kasbah Hotel Xaluca in Erfoud