Mauritania’s former desert jewel, forgotten and fading; AFP

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.

Source: Mauritania’s former desert jewel, forgotten and fading

Discovering the desert libraries of Chinguetti, a Mauritania village lost in time; India Times

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.

Source: Discovering the desert libraries of Chinguetti, a Mauritania village lost in time

Mudflats, mangroves and marshes — the great coastal protectors; Tamsin Walker; Deutsche Welle

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Sahara Desert Libraries Are Home to Thousands of Ancient Texts; Jessica Stewart; My Modern Met

These desert libraries have been around for centuries and they hold sacred texts from ancient times.

Source: Sahara Desert Libraries Are Home to Thousands of Ancient Texts

Chinguetti World Heritage Site; Planeta.com

Source: Chinguetti World Heritage Site – Planeta.com