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Chinguetti Mosque

Chinguetti Mosque is one of the most important places for the religious and national identity of Mauritania people. The mosque was built in the 13th or 14th century and is considered to be the second oldest continuously used mosque in the world. It's characteristic is unmortared, stone building style, and the absence of decorations, which is consistent with Malikite beliefs. The mosque appears on the emblem of Mauritania. Non-Muslims are not allowed in, but the mosque can be visited from the outside from a relatively short distance. In the second half of the 20th century, the UNESCO fonds helped in the renovation of the Chinguetti Mosque. The entire area of the city of Chinguetti is struggling with desertification, which also threatens the famous mosque.

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