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Dar Illigh مؤسسة دار ايليغ

The modest village of Illigh, nestled in the foothills of the Western Anti-Atlas, in the middle of Tazerwalt land, the small village of Illigh fiercely guards an immense architectural and cultural heritage: The House of Iligh, known as Dar Iligh. The former Semlali ruler’s headquarters, known as Boudmira, was founded in 1626 by Ali Abou Hassan As-Semlali and died in 1668 following an attack by Sultan Moulay Rachid. A meticulously preserved centuries-old building hiding attractions and knowledge that describe the details of a golden past behind its white walls. The place is about 50 kilometers from Tiznit and will definitely captivate you with its amazing architecture and fascinating history.

When you arrive, you will be welcomed with a shimmering all-white castle that covers a maze of narrow streets leading to shaded buildings and sunny courtyards. A labyrinth that precisely reflects the history of the sites that have been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. Dar Iligh is part of an old palace, with fortresses and rooms that are constantly being restored.There are also the ruins of a Mellah and a marketplace that was once a stopover for trans-Saharan caravans. The building now houses a museum detailing the region’s history, as well as a library with rare manuscripts and numerous Makhzenian (Royal military) correspondences, contracts, and commercial registers, some of which were written in multiple languages by Jews working for the house and who played an important role in the commercial ecosystem. This is a magnificent architectural complex, matched only by the cultural and historical richness it contains.

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