Timbuktu - The city of "333 saints" is reborn from the ashes

Located at the gateway to the Sahara Desert, Timbuktu is one of Africa's most historically charged cities:

the city called "333 saints" was born in the fifth century and had its cultural and economic peak in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

At that time, it was a hotbed of spreading Islamic culture with the university of Sankoré including 180 Qur'anic schools and 25 000 counting students.

It is also a crossroads and a real trading place where Teghaza manuscripts and salt from the north are traded, sales of gold, cattle and cereals from the south.

The mythical city of Timbuktu is reborn from its ashes after having been touched by a conflict that has recently faded.

At more than 1 000 km north of Bamako, discover a city always majestic.

Shootings and a few days were enough to annihilate centuries of history but for a year 160 Malian craftsmen were mobilized for the reconstruction of mausoleums slaughtered.

This gigantic task is a real challenge for these artisans who have had to combine the challenges of modernity with ancestral construction techniques handed down from generation to generation.

Until then, 14 sacred tombs have been rehabilitated and the program continues to do the same with mosques also destroyed.

Among the most emblematic architectural ensembles are the mausoleums of the cemeteries of Sidi Mahmoudin the north of the city,Alpha Moya,

in the east of the city, and Sidi Moctar, in the northeast. Visitors are welcome and local guides will be happy to take you on a tour of the city.

The access of the city is made by plane by the international airport of Timbuktu. Apart from private companies, the national airline charters a weekly flight there.