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Commune and town
Old tower, Ouadane
Old tower, Ouadane
Ouadane is located in Mauritania
Location in Mauritania
Coordinates: 20°55′N 11°37′W / 20.917°N 11.617°W / 20.917; -11.617Coordinates: 20°55′N 11°37′W / 20.917°N 11.617°W / 20.917; -11.617
RegionAdrar Region
407 m (1,335 ft)
 • Total3,695
Official nameAncient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata
Criteriaiii, iv, v
Designated1996 (20th session)
Reference no.750
State Party Mauritania
RegionArab States
Trade routes of the Western Sahara desert c. 1000–1500. Goldfields are indicated by brown shading.

Ouadane or Wādān (Arabic: وادان‎) is a small town in the desert region of central Mauritania, situated on the southern edge of the Adrar Plateau, 93 km northeast of Chinguetti. The town was a staging post in the trans-Saharan trade and for caravans transporting slabs of salt from the mines at Idjil.

The old town, a World Heritage Site, though in ruins, is still substantially intact, while a small modern settlement lies outside its gate.

Ouadane is the closest town to the Richat Structure, a massive circular landmark visible from space.

  1. ^ Statistiques Démographiques : Résultats du RGPH 2000 des Wilayas, La Marie de la Commune de Ain Ehel Taya, archived from the original on 9 March 2009, retrieved 7 August 2011.

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