• Registration Year

    2013

  • Registered Sector

    Historic Centre of Agadez

  • Historical Function

    City of settlment for the Touareg tribes

Location and site

Historical Reference

Known as the gateway to the desert, Agadez, on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Sultanate of Aïr was established  and Touareg tribes were sedentarized in the city, respecting the boundaries of old encampments, which gave rise to a street pattern still in place today. The historic centre of the city, an important crossroads of the caravan trade, is divided into 11 quarters with irregular shapes. They contains numerous earthen dwellings and a well-preserved group of palatial and religious buildings including a 27m high  minaret made entirely of mud brick, the highest such structure in the world.  The site is marked by ancestral cultural, commercial and handicraft traditions still practiced today and presents exceptional and sophisticated examples of earthen architecture.

M. Rhissa Feltou
Maire
Commune Urbaine d'Agadez
BP: 185
Agadez, Niger
Tel:

Fax:

Email:
mairie.agadez@gmail.com
M. Danladi Amadou
Directeur
Direction du patrimoine culturel (DPC)
BP: 215
Niamey, Niger
Tel:
+227 96 12 54 04 / +227 90 94 15 61
Fax:

Email:
adm_danladi@yahoo.fr