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—  Commune and town  —
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; -11.617
Country Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania
Region Adrar Region

Ouadane (Arabic: وادان‎) is a town in northwestern Mauritania, lying on the Adrar Plateau, northeast of Chinguetti. It was founded in 1147 by the Berber tribe Idalwa el Hadji and soon became an important caravan and trading centre.

A Portuguese trading post was established in 1487, but the town declined from the sixteenth century. The old town, a World Heritage Site, though in ruins, is still substantially intact, while a small modern settlement lies outside its gate.

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata*
UNESCO World Heritage Site
State Party  Mauritania
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv, v
Reference 750
Region** Arab States
Inscription history
Inscription 1996  (20th Session)
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

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Coordinates: 20°55′53.45″N 11°37′17.18″W / 20.9315139°N 11.6214389°W / 20.9315139; -11.6214389

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