Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata



MauritaniaArab StatesOudane, Chinguetti: region de l’Adrar; Tichitt: region du Tagant; Oualata: region du Hodh EchchargutN20 55 44.004 W11 37 24.9961996CulturalTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappearedTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human historyTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible changeHuman resourcesManagement systems/ management planIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and communityImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreationDesertificationFinancial resourcesManagement activitiesGovernanceLegal frameworkHousingChanges in traditional ways of life and knowledge systemOther climate change impactsStormsLocalised utilitiesSociety's valuing of heritageDeliberate destruction of heritage750http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/750http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=750Founded in the 11th and 12th centuries to serve the caravans crossing the Sahara, these trading and religious centres became focal points of Islamic culture. They have managed to preserve an urban fabric that evolved between the 12th and 16th centuries. Typically, houses with patios crowd along narrow streets around a mosque with a square minaret. They illustrate a traditional way of life centred on the nomadic culture of the people of the western Sahara.World Heritage Site
CountryMauritania
UNESCO RegionArab States
LocationOudane, Chinguetti: region de l’Adrar; Tichitt: region du Tagant; Oualata: region du Hodh Echchargut
CoordinatesN20 55 44.004 W11 37 24.996
Inscription Date1996
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and community
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
All ThreatsDesertification
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsManagement activities
All ThreatsGovernance
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsChanges in traditional ways of life and knowledge system
All ThreatsOther climate change impacts
All ThreatsStorms
All ThreatsLocalised utilities
All ThreatsSociety's valuing of heritage
All ThreatsDeliberate destruction of heritage
Unesco Reference Number750
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/750
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=750
DescriptionFounded in the 11th and 12th centuries to serve the caravans crossing the Sahara, these trading and religious centres became focal points of Islamic culture. They have managed to preserve an urban fabric that evolved between the 12th and 16th centuries. Typically, houses with patios crowd along narrow streets around a mosque with a square minaret. They illustrate a traditional way of life centred on the nomadic culture of the people of the western Sahara.
StatusWorld Heritage Site