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Mali, Djenné: Nothing stays the same?


Mali_Great_Mosque_of_Djenné_1_Photo Andy Gilham_September 2003_ Mosque of Djenné. Photo Andy Gilham, September 2003.

Street market and the Great Mosque of Djenn Mali_Photo Devriese_November 2003_é.jpgStreet market and the Great Mosque of Djenné. Photo Devriese, November 2003.

The Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest mud brick or adobe building in the world and is considered by many architects to be the greatest achievement of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style, with definite Islamic influences.
The mosque is located in the city of Djenné, Mali on the flood plain of the Bani River. The first mosque on the site was built around the 13th century, but the current structure dates from 1907.
As well as being the centre of the community of Djenné, it is one of the most famous landmarks in Africa.
Along with the “Old Towns of Djenné” it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.


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