Timbuktu

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Timbuktu is a Tuareg city and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Niger River in central Mali.

It is historically famous for is long role as a trading outpost that linked black Africa below the Sahara Desert with Berber and Islamic traders throughout north Africa, and thereby indirectly with traders from Europe.

The city itself is in stark contrast to the rest of the country’s cities, because it has more of an Arabic flair than of an African. The streets are made of sand. In many houses, one walks downas the sand which has leveled the streets higher than houses themselves.

Today’s Timbuktu has an airport, making more easily accessible than its historic predecessor.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 
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Motel Sevare

Motel Sevare

Offering a restaurant, Motel Sevare is located in Mopti. Each room here will provide you with a balcony and a patio. Featuring a bath, shared bathroom also comes with a shower. The property offers free parking. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Hôtel Doux Rêves - Koydol Seyo

Hôtel Doux Rêves - Koydol Seyo

Hôtel Doux Rêves - Koydol Seyo is located in Mopti just 1 km away from the city centre and just next to the Barema Bocoum Stadium. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fan and air-conditioning in your room. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Hôtel Kanaga

Hôtel Kanaga

Featuring free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a year-round outdoor pool, Hôtel Kanaga offers pet-friendly accommodation in Mopti. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$106

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a center for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was central in Saharan Africa for the diffusion of Islamic culture through the University of Sankore,180 Koranic schools, and 25,000 students. It was also a crossroads and an important market place where the trading of manuscripts was negotiated, and salt from Teghaza in the north, gold was sold, and cattle and grain from the south.

Among the things to visit for a more contemporary feel of the town is the Grand Marché -- a two-storey market with stalls and shops selling all kinds of things. It also provides a great view from the roof across the whole of Timbuktu to the desert beyond.

Timbuktu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. In 1990, it was added to the list of world heritage sites in danger, due to the threat of desert sands. A program was set up to preserve the site and in 2005, it was taken off the list of endangered sites but re-added in 2012 after the Islamists Rebels took up arms.
Islamic Landmarks
There are three main mosques in Timbuktu, all of them hundreds of years old. These are near each other, but the interiors are closed to non-Muslim visitors.

Djingareiber Mosque, the largest and most impressive.

Sankoré, which has an impressive minaret.

Sidi Yéhia Mosque.
Natural
Deserts
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