What are the best Historic Sites in Mali?
Timbuktu is an historic city in Mali which was once a centre of trade, religion and culture, although it is today thought of as inaccessible and even mythical, thanks to phrases such as "from here to Timbuktu". Established in the twelfth century, the city of Timbuktu quickly flourished, prospering from the trans-Saharan trade routes in items such as salt and precious metals.
Today, Timbuktu is a shadow of its former self. Some sites remain, such as Dyingerey Ber Mosque (shown on the map). It is also worth seeing the over 23,000 Islamic manuscripts at the Centre de Recherches Historiques Ahmed Baba, the earliest of which date back to the twelfth century.
Timbuktu also houses a small commonwealth World War II cemetery for two British seamen, John Graham and William Soutter, who died there. This occurred when British merchant sailors were being held there. The two graves are located by a wall running along the road between Timbuktu’s centre and Kabara.