The Library in the Desert: Chinguetti, Mauritania

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(Photo: Ji-Elle)

(Photo: Ji-Elle)

Chinguetti is a small town in Mauritania. It's been getting smaller because of the gradual expansion of the Sahara. But it was once a thriving settlement and, due to its beautiful mosque, a pilgrimage site since the Thirteenth Century.

It was once a rich intellectual center, so Chinguetti has a substantial library of about 1,300 Koranic manuscripts. That library is a treasure trove of rare books that have survived for centuries in the dry air.

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-via Erik Krawkkel

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