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Chinguetti

Formerly a caravan city listed as World Heritage, Chinguetti has acquired a great prestige by its spiritual influence to that an extend that it is regarded as the seventh holy city of Islam. This small oasis is renowned for its mosque, its old houses of banco and stones, built from the twelfth century with its libraries where kept for centuries thousands of unpublished manuscripts of great cultural and scientific value. The minaret of Chinguetti (surmounted by a stylized ostrich egg) has become the symbol of Mauritania, which until recently was called the "Bilad Chinguitt". Some sources state that the foundation of Chinguetti dates back to 660 AH (1261).

This ancient city was a center of religious and cultural influence from which Mauritanian scholars spread Islam and Arab-Muslim culture throughout West Africa. Among the disciplines studied were theology, poetry, philosophy and law taught according to the Sunni rite and Maliki School. Chinguitty contains countless patrimonial opportunities that thousands of tourists and men of culture come to discover every year.

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