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These African sites existed long before France’s Notre Dame Cathedral

April 18, 2019 at 06:00 pm | We Tour

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

April 18, 2019 at 06:00 pm | We Tour

The 5 Libraries of Chinguetti – Mauritania 

Chinguetti Libraries (9th century) – Mauritania

The city of Chinguetti itself is centuries old and dates as far back as the 8th century. Originally established in 777 CE, elite settlers built libraries before the 9th century and stocked them with texts that contained religious, historical and social developments. Many of the texts also contain information on expeditions to other kingdoms and trading accounts. The city and its libraries still exist today and can be visited by tourists.

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