Chinguetti is a city-state which simply helps its Suzerain gain as much Faith as possible, unlike other religious city-states which mostly offer unique improvements or help to spread their religion. This means that it can be useful for other victory paths, such as buying Naturalists and Rock Bands for a Cultural Victory. It especially shines if you are playing as a civilization that wants to spread its religion but has no special bonuses towards gaining Faith, or if you are playing as a religious civilization that can grow massive populous cities, such as the Indians and the Khmer. The Malians also have strong synergy with Chinguetti, fittingly - their average city sizes may not be as large, but they usually have many more Trade Routes. The Portuguese also deserve a mention as they can accumulate Trade Routes quickly, and their boosted yields from Trade Routes allow Chinguetti to grant them massive amounts of Faith very early in the game.
Chinguetti is a city on the edge of the desert. It has not always been this way. Prehistoric rock paintings show just how much the climate has shifted in human history, showing giraffes and other savannah creatures in a lush landscape. Now, the city is being swallowed by the Sahara.
But the Sahara is not entirely a wasteland – not for the Berbers, the nomadic people of North Africa. Rather, Chinguetti was a jumping-off point for routes across the great desert. As such, it was a place for Muslims to congregate before setting off on the pilgrimage to Mecca. And when pilgrims returned, they brought back wonders. Chinguetti was a repository for learning during the height of the Almoravid empire in the 11th and 12th centuries with a significance that lasted well into the 16th. Relatedly, and like its larger relative, Timbuktu, Chinguetti was home to a number of famous libraries, places where pilgrims could share all that they had found on their travels. This went well beyond religion to include mathematics, science, astronomy, and especially Islamic law. These centers of scholarship – ksour – were bastions of Islamic life and commerce and would have been oases of learning in the desert.
The city fell into relative disuse after sea voyages made the trans-Sahara routes obsolete: why take a risky camel train across the world’s largest desert when you could take a slightly less risky and a lot faster sea voyage? Today, Chinguetti is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the nation of Mauritania, known especially for the 13th-century Friday Mosque.
- Chinguetti's city-state symbol is based on the Friday Mosque of Chinguetti, an old structure emblematic of the city.
|Civilization VI City-states |
|1 Requires DLC|