Restoration work on Timbuktu’s historic tombs to finish this month

The Art Newspaper | Emily Sharpe:


Ancient sites were targeted by extremist groups

A project to restore 14 historic mausoleums destroyed in Timbuktu three years ago by hardline Islamists is due to finish at the end of July. The news was announced in Bonn, Germany, at the 39th session of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee, which is scheduled to run until 8 July.

Timbuktu’s historic mausoleums are due to be restored by the end of July © OUR PLACE The World Heritage Collection

Extremist groups targeted the tombs of Muslim saints as well as the city’s vast libraries when rebels occupied northern Mali following a military coup in March 2012. Located at the crossroads of several Trans-Saharan trade routes, Timbuktu grew to become a major centre of Koranic culture in the 15th century. Known as “the city of 333 saints”, it has 16 mausoleums inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage List…


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