The mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, third great-grandfather of Moulay Cherif, founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, 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 centre in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It is noted for its leather and goat skin trading.