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Mauritania, Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 25, 2012 at 11:11:09

Location Oudane, Chinguetti: region de l’Adrar; Tichitt: region du Tagant; Oualata: region du Hodh Echchargut, Mauritania
Coordinates N20 55 44.004 W11 37 24.996
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description ( )

Founded in the 11th and 12th centuries to serve the caravans crossing the Sahara, these trading and religious centres became focal points of Islamic culture. They have managed to preserve an urban fabric that evolved between the 12th and 16th centuries. Typically, houses with patios crowd along narrow streets around a mosque with a square minaret. They illustrate a traditional way of life centred on the nomadic culture of the people of the western Sahara.

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Ksar of Ouadane Minaret, Chinguetti Ksar of Tichit
Ksar of Oualata    

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Mauritania, Banc d'Arguin National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 23, 2012 at 12:12:18

Location Nouadhibou and Azefal, Mauritania
Coordinates N20 14 4.992 W16 6 32.004
Property 1,200,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1989

Brief Description ( )

Fringing the Atlantic coast, the park comprises sand-dunes, coastal swamps, small islands and shallow coastal waters. The contrast between the harsh desert environment and the biodiversity of the marine zone has resulted in a land- and seascape of outstanding natural significance. A wide variety of migrating birds spend the winter there. Several species of sea turtle and dolphin, used by the fishermen to attract shoals of fish, can also be found.

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Fishing boats, Banc d'Arguin National Park

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