Source: World Migratory Bird Day
A few centuries ago, Tichitt was a citadel of trade where Saharan merchants bearing gold, salt and cloth would stop to water their camels and haggle. The trans-Saharan caravan route that flourished between the 11th and 19th centuries brought a steady stream of traders to Tichitt, en route to Timbuktu and settlements in the Niger river basin.
Who could have thought that a medieval village surrounded by desert could be home to a long-forgotten world of books and libraries? Sitting amid the sands of Sahara, the village of Chinguetti in Mauritania was founded back in the 13th century as a trading center. This place portrays history as well as showcases architecture from the Berber culture. Not only this, the village was also a significant learning centre, thanks to its many desert libraries.
These desert libraries have been around for centuries and they hold sacred texts from ancient times.
Imagine up and leaving your hometown never to return again – that’s what happened in these ghost towns and lost cities which were once thriving and home to many inhabitants.