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  Chinquetti, old mosque
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  • Chinquetti, old mosque - Mauritania
      Chinquetti, old mosque
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  • Chinquetti, old mosque - Mauritania
 

The ancient ksar starts around the central mosque. The old mosques in the ksour are built entirely of the local materials and haven't any from of decoration. These old mosques have a square minaret and a single square or rectangular prayerhall with a vaulted roof carried on thick columns.

Chinquetti is the seventh holy city of the Islam. In former centuries it was an important gathering point for pelgrims en route for Mecca. The old mosque of Chinquetti is the main attracction of the town, but off-limits for non-muslims. The image of this mosque you can find also on the Mauritanian banknotes.

Address: old town Chinquetti
Directions: 120 KM east of Atar in the Adrar Region

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  • Updated Jan 1, 2005
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