A memorable experience in Africa’s legendary city

A legendary city of Ing, famous for its manuscripts, its famous libraries, for its architecture of buildings. Ing is also known for being considered the seventh holiest city of Islam.

If Ane’s history begins far away, Ing’s history is even older. The city was founded in 777, the year that the remains of a building near the palm grove and sand dunes just outside the present town date back. In fact, Ing lies at the foot of vast sand dunes. Possibly destroyed by the Almoravids, the city rebuilt in the 13th century, after two hundred years of decline, soon became a fortified trading center for caravans along the route between the Mediterranean and the Mediterranean. Sub-Hara Africa. The walls of the original fortress are now gone, but most of the buildings in the old part of the city date from this period.

Not only that, in addition to being an important stopover, it has also become a cultural and intellectual center. A city that in its heyday had grown to 20,000 inhabitants, even the name Ing was used for a long time to identify the whole of Auri and Western Hara. All caravans pass through here. Imagine thousands of people driving to Ing before moving on to Ara, Egal and Mali.
A reference point. For centuries, the city was also the main rendezvous point for pilgrims from Agh who gathered on their way to Ec. A North Star in terms of religion but also in terms of research in West Africa. In addition to religious training, Ing’s various schools taught students rhetoric, law, astronomy, mathematics, and medicine. The schools were coveted by sages and students, including foreigners. How much prosperity of that time is achieved to this day, thanks to the hard work of local families, is a precious source of memories of the people of Hara.

Manuscripts and texts represent a fundamental part of Auri culture. They talk about agriculture, tourism, mathematics, animal husbandry, history, African rule of law, astronomy, carefully transcribed and embellished with valuable miniatures and preserved today in the Ing’s Buddhist church and library, handed down from generation to generation, from father to son. Among all the libraries the most famous is probably the Habott, named after Ohame, a scholar who founded the structure in the 19th century until reaching 1,400 works. In total, Ing has sixteen libraries, all of which are private.
The present in Ing therefore has a new part where daily life goes on, and an old part which is also very popular, which is constantly visited by groups of tourists.

The new area was built by the Africans in the early twentieth century. Here you will find commercial activities (several shops, grocery stores, fruit and vegetable stalls), some colonial buildings and old forts. There are also a number of accommodation facilities. Overall, Ing’s accommodations are simple yet elegant, structured yet traditional, and well integrated into the setting. Not all of them have hot water.
The old town of Ing has gone beyond a wadi and has re-emerged thanks to constant international cooperation. The city was rebuilt three times, but nothing could be done in the face of nature and the constant advancement of the desert. History will probably repeat itself.
We visited the oldest part of the walk through the maze of narrow and convoluted alleys, followed by dozens of slightly overzealous vendors (women and children). Among the reported buildings in Ing is certainly a 16th-century Buddhist church to which only Buddhists are allowed access to the tower, one of the symbols of Auri, overlooking the courtyard leading to the bridge room. wish. The sub-tower has four ostrich eggs on the corners of the mihrab.

In addition to the libraries, interesting visits can be women’s cooperatives that sell a variety of interesting objects such as bracelets, necklaces, leather objects, teapots, fossils, and more.

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