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Ouadane

The city of Ouadane is built on the side of a cliff (sandstone-argillaceous) belonging to the formation of the interlayer continental. Escalated by a vertiginous pile of ruins, the city reveals from a distance its minaret. The city is 175km north-east of Atar (the regional capital of Adrar).

Like the ancient cities of the Adrar, the history of the city of Ouadane can be subdivided into three major periods: pre-foundation period of the city with Bafours settlements, (536 AC / 1141-42 H); period of Islamisation from the twelfth century with the conquest of the Adrar by the Almoravids and Almohads, the arrival of the three pilgrims founders of the city,  prosperity of the city with Portuguese trading post and the contemporary period (the Emirate of Adrar, colonization, independence).

Listed as a world heritage, Ouadane has experienced intense cultural and scientific activity : there were libraries with manuscripts dealing with all areas of knowledge. One street would have housed 40 scholars.

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