Bibliotheque Habott, Chinguetti

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Must see · Traveler Resource · Hidden Gem · Library
Bibliotheque Habott features a collection of Arabic scriptures and illuminated manuscripts ranging from the 3rd through the 15th century. The library is well hidden in a one-story building surrounded by a labyrinth of narrow walkways. Once you find and enter it, look for astronomical manuscripts questioning the heliocentric model long before European scientists did so. If the library is closed, try calling the librarian's number, which is usually pinned onto the door. Put Bibliotheque Habott into our Chinguetti trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chinguetti.
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  • With documents dating back to the XIII century, it was impressive to see then and feel the history on them. Quick visit, and continued on with the small town .....  more »
  • Another must when in Chinquetti. If you can jus hold out for the caretaker who can speak for hours on end about the manuscripts.  more »

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