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

Reviewed 5 March 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
The texts that kick started the European renaissance.

There are around 5 privately owned libraries of ancient manuscripts in Chinguetti. Their... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2018
Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia
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| Vieille Ville, Chinguetti, Mauritania
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Reviewed 5 March 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.

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Reviewed 13 February 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

1  Thank bhtiek
Reviewed 10 February 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

1  Thank trentonmakes
Reviewed 23 October 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.

Thank Antifeminist
Reviewed 22 March 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

1  Thank AlaskanSon
Reviewed 11 March 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

Thank unserepfade
Reviewed 19 December 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.

1  Thank Mikhail K
Reviewed 13 July 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

1  Thank Helen N
Reviewed 2 April 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.

Thank 619isabellev
Reviewed 5 January 2014

I must confess to being disappointed by Chinguetti. There are no sights except the scenery enroute with some sand dunes but you can see far bigger ones in Namibia. Oudanne was far more impressive because there are old ruins. Chinguetti has the ancient manuscripts and...More

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