will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"Chinquetti, old mosque" Top 5 Page for this destination Mauritania Things to Do Tip by sachara

Mauritania Things to Do: 59 reviews and 133 photos

  Chinquetti, old mosque
by sachara
  • Chinquetti, old mosque - Mauritania
      Chinquetti, old mosque
    by sachara
  • 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

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Jan 1, 2005
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“if you are in a hurry, make a detour. ”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 1 1
Forum Rank:
0 0 1 6 6

Have you been to Mauritania?

  Share Your Travels