Tichitt 🇲🇷

Tichit 🇲🇷

Tichitt, a Mauritanian jewel of Islamic culture, sees itself ‘forgotten’

Tichitt 🇲🇷


 Tichitt 🇲🇷 The city additionally suffered from the relocation of the off-road Dakar Rally to South America due to security concerns.Thursday 04/06/2020Moumhamedou Ahmadou, the Director of the library and transcript writer, handles an ancient transcript in a library in Tichitt . (AFP)Moumhamedou Ahmadou, the Director of the library and transcript writer, handles an ancient transcript in a library in Tichitt . 
*Rediscovering Tichitt: Unveiling the Mauritanian Gem of Islamic Culture*

Tichitt🇲🇷 **Journey into the Past:**

Embark on a captivating journey approximately 800 km from Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, to the once-vibrant city of Tichitt. This historical marvel graced the Dakar Rally road, earning recognition as a human heritage site. With its enchanting historic buildings, stone alleys, and precious manuscripts, Tichitt was a bustling hub of trade and Islamic culture centuries ago. Picture Saharan merchants pausing for a moment of respite, watering their camels, and engaging in spirited haggling while traversing the trans-Saharan caravan route.

**Tichitt Today:**

Fast forward to the present, and Tichitt’s illustrious past has slipped into the shadows. The relocation of the Dakar Rally to South America, driven by security concerns, dealt a blow to the city’s prominence. Nowadays, Tichitt grapples with a dearth of visitors, transforming from a thriving commerce center into a nearly forgotten gem in Mauritania’s arid central southern expanse.
Despite earning its place as a human heritage site, Tichitt’s once-vibrant heritage is fading. While resilient grey-stone structures from its golden era still stand tall, the town, home to 2,470 residents as per a 2016 census, faces an uphill battle in preserving its historical significance.

**Facing Challenges with Optimism:**

Cherif Mokhtar Mbaka, an English teacher in Tichitt, candidly shares, “Sometimes a month will go by without a car coming,” highlighting the stark reality of the city’s current predicament.
However, hope springs eternal as endeavors to revive and safeguard Tichitt’s cultural and historical legacy gain momentum. The city’s rich history as a trade hub and cultural nucleus provides a foundation for attracting tourism and raising awareness about its unique heritage. Collaborative initiatives involving local communities, authorities, and international organizations emerge as key players in ensuring that Tichitt’s legacy remains vibrant and does not succumb entirely to the passage of time.
**Charting a Course Forward:**
As Tichitt stands at the crossroads between its historical grandeur and contemporary challenges, it beckons for attention and concerted action. Let’s join hands in reclaiming Tichitt’s position as a Mauritanian jewel of Islamic culture, bridging the gap between its glorious past and the potential for a revitalized future.
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Oualata (or Walata) is one of the cornerstone trade cities in the trans-Saharan Trade Route. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the farthest of the ancient Mauritanian cities to reach from Nouakchott. Traveling to this city requires passing through Tichit, so it can almost always be seen together with another of the four ancient cities. You’ll also pass awesome sites on the way as well, like the Elephant Mountains. It is rich with history as a cultural and religious center as the southern terminus of the centuries-old trade route, and, fittingly, the home of a manuscript museum.


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