On Charles de Foucauld's memory
Charles de Foucauld's fort (bordj)
courtyard of the fort chapel of the fort courtyard of the fort
chapel of La Frégate La Frégate : first house built in Tamanrasset by C. de Foucauld chapel of the Congregation
Commemorative tablet at the Hermitage, at Assekrem
French Catholic religious and priest, Charles de Foucauld lived among the Tuaregs in South Algeria. Born in Strasbourg in 1858, he grew up in a French aristocraty family. After a difficult adolescence he went through a conversion experience. In 1901, at the age of 43, he went to the Algerian Sahara and lived a virtually eremetical life. He lived close to the Tuareg people and shared their life and hardships. He learned their language and worked on a dictionnary and grammar. He used the highest point in the region, the Assekrem, as place of retreat.
He was assassinated in 1916 outside of the door of the fort (bordj) he built to protect Tuareg's people.
He is considered by the Catholic Church to be a martyr.
His inspiration and writings led to the founding of the Little Brothers of Jesus among other religious congregations.
A camel tour
in the Hoggar. A 9 day circuit
de Charles de Foucauld
Sur les traces de Charles de Foucauld
A 9 day circuit
to Assekrem through the Tassel of Hoggar