Monday, June 2, 2014

Oualata - Mauritania

This is my 2nd card from Mauritania and like the 1st one, also from Oualata, a town in eastern Mauritania, in the middle of the Sahara. Together with Ouadane, Chinguetti and Tichitt, Oualata was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. 
Oualata is now an isolated town but was once an important caravan destination and an Islamic religious center.

Photo: Jean Christophe PLAT * Copyright: J. Ch. PLAT - 2006/2007
The town is known for its highly decorative vernacular architecture, especially its unique painted houses. The houses are painted by local women after the rainy season. The women give ornamentation to the walls, making use of all materials found in this region, mainly gypsum and clay. Doors in wood are highly decorated too. 

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