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Newest Wonders of the World: Agadez's Historic Center

Courtesy of UNESCO/CRAterre AM

Agadez’s Historic Center, Niger

On the southern fringe of the Saharan desert, Agadez was founded in the 15th century and became a thriving stop along the route of medieval trading caravans. The nomadic Touaregs settled the city while maintaining the boundaries of historical encampments, forming a street pattern that exists to this day. It’s renowned for its earthen architecture; an 89-foot minaret made entirely of mud is the tallest of its kind in the world.

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