A fabled city of the Sahara: How much do you know about Timbuktu?

Timbuktu has a reputation in Western society as a distant, mysterious city. But it is a real place, and is back in the news after Tuareg rebels seized the city and implemented sharia. Can you separate Timbuktu's myth from reality?

By , Correspondent

1. Where is Timbuktu?

Timbuktu is a real city, located in the West African nation of Mali.

Timbuktu is a real city, located in the West African nation of Mali.

Timbuktu is a real city, located in the West African nation of Mali.

Timbuktu is a real city, located in the West African nation of Mali.

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In South America's Amazon basin.

 

In Mali, at the edge of the Sahara desert.

 

In Tibet, high in the Kunlun mountain range.

 

Timbuktu is a myth – it doesn't really exist.

 
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