Koumbi Saleh

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Koumbi Saleh is Mauritania's most famous archaeological site. The city used to be the capital of the medieval Ghana Empire. Excavations started in 1913 and areas uncovered so far (including a large mosque), are possible evidence to support the idea that this town used to be one of the world's biggest cities in that time. Excavations have been in a slow pace because of a lack of funds since the 1980's.

The ruins of Koumbi Saleh are 890 km southeast of Nouakchott and the best ways to get there are by road from Nouakchott, or by air to 'Ayoûn el 'Atroûs, 200 km northwest of Koumbi Saleh.


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