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Ngazobil is located in Senegal
Coordinates: 14°12′0″N 16°52′0″W / 14.20000°N 16.86667°W / 14.20000; -16.86667Coordinates: 14°12′0″N 16°52′0″W / 14.20000°N 16.86667°W / 14.20000; -16.86667
Country Senegal
Region Thiès
Department M'bour
Elevation 13 m (43 ft)

Ngazobil (also called Ngasobil) is a village in Senegal, located on the Petite Côte, south of Dakar.


Since the 19th century, Ngazobil has housed a Catholic mission, one of the oldest in Senegal, established by François Libermann of Saverne,[1] founder of the Congregation of The Holy Spirit.

Louis-Philippe Walter stayed there in 1867.[2]

It was also in Ngazobil that future president Léopold Sédar Senghor did his schooling until 1922.[3]

Hyacinthe Thiandoum was trained there as well.

Saint-Joseph Seminary was classified as a historical monument in 2003.[4]

Ngazobil is now a common site for pilgrimages.


Ngazobil is located in M'bour, Thiès.


The nearest towns are Pointe-Sarène, Ponto, Mbodiène, Joal-Fadiouth, Palmarin, and Djifer.

The scenery of the village includes a limestone cliff, a sandy beach, and a 500-hectare forest park. The park shelters many animals, including guineafowl, partridges, boas, monitor lizards, monkeys, hedgehogs, porcupines, jackals, and hares.

The Catholic mission itself owns a beach lined with coconut palm trees where some come to fish.


  • R. P. Cailleau (December 1961). "N'Gazobil au fil de l'histoire". Horizons africains (in French) (134): 7–10. 
  • Horizons africains (in French) (155): 15. November 1963.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Horizons africains (in French) (157): 8–9. January 1964.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Horizons africains (in French) (158): 16. February 1964.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Horizons africains (in French) (160): 14–15. April 1964.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Horizons africains (in French) (161): 8–11. May 1964.  Missing or empty |title= (help)


  1. ^ "Biographie du père Libermann" (in French). 
  2. ^ "Biographie du père Walter" (in French). 
  3. ^ Léopold Sédar Senghor (1980). La Poésie de l'action (in French). Paris: Stock. p. 34. 
  4. ^ "Arrêté 001941 du 27 mars 2003" (in French). Retrieved January 6, 2009. 

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