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With documents dating back to the XIII century, it was impressive to see then and feel the history... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2019
New York City, New York

Another must when in Chinquetti. If you can jus hold out for the caretaker who can speak for hours... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
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| Vieille Ville, Chinguetti, Mauritania
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Reviewed January 22, 2019

With documents dating back to the XIII century, it was impressive to see then and feel the history on them. Quick visit, and continued on with the small town .....

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Another must when in Chinquetti. If you can jus hold out for the caretaker who can speak for hours on end about the manuscripts.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 13, 2018

There are around 5 privately owned libraries of ancient manuscripts in Chinguetti. Their significance cannot be overstated as they are original historical artifacts whose translation was ultimately responsible for kick starting the European renaissance. The owners of these libraries regard themselves as custodians of the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed February 10, 2018

This 13C library is one of the jewels of the Adrar region, Mauritania's sole UNESCO-certified cultural World Heritage site. When you walk into the sandy brick complex you enter the Middle Ages, a world where hand-copied manuscripts and codexes are the treasures of a small...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank trentonmakes
Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The guy who runs it could learn a little English but you get to see and hear some interesting things, he will show you how the old keys work, the scripts and some other things. For the price of 1000 its okey.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed March 22, 2016

The library has a collection of books ranging from the third century through the fifteenth. Beautiful illuminations. The librarian was very helpful and informed about the books and the history of scholarship in Chinguetti. Worth the long drive to visit this magical place

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank AlaskanSon
Reviewed March 11, 2016

It gives you a good impression of the Islamic high culture in Chinguetti. Most interesting are the astronomic books showing the heliocentric model long before Galileo and Kopernikus. They could provide some more information and the library keeper is not the most friendly guy on...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank unserepfade
Reviewed December 19, 2015

inside librarian , show old books, he speak on english very good. often libaray closed, but on the door have number phone this librarian , which come in 10 minute and showing library.

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Mikhail K
Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was certainly a special place especially after we were led down narrow walkways broken down old buildings to a private library. Well hidden. These libraries are privately owned and stored in an old building that is locked with a very unusual key. The hot...More

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank HelenN162
Reviewed April 2, 2014

I visited Maritania in 2005 for an humanitarian trip. We went in Chinguetti and had acces to books that were written a long long time ago. We also used camel to go in the desert. Nice place to visit.

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank 619isabellev
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