Thursday, 3 January 2013

Great Mosque in Djenne, The Largest Mud-Brick Building in The World

Founded in 800 AD, the town of Djenne in central Mali, is one of sub-Saharan Africa's oldest cities. Situated on an island in the Niger River delta, Djenne became the natural hub for traders who shuttled their goods such as salt, gold and slaves in and out of Timbuktu. Through the years Djenne also became the centres of Islamic scholarship, and its market square is still dominated by the beautiful Great Mosque.

The Great Mosque of Djenné was built in 1907 and is considered by many architects to be the greatest achievement of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style, with definite Islamic influences. It is also the largest mud brick building in the world.

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