Visit the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali

Visit the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali

In Mali, it is not only the cliffs of Bandiagara that are a tourist attraction, but also the great mosque of Djenné. They offer certain particularities that would be pleasant to discover, how do you get there?

How to get to the great mosque of Djenné?

Located in the region of Mopti, a region nicknamed « the Venice of Mali », the city of Djenné is in the centre of Mali in a Sahelian region. This city is 574 km from the city of Bamako and 500 km from the city of Timbuktu, nicknamed the city of 333 saints. The journey from Timbuktu can be made by the river to Mopti. This trip through a travel agency is rewarding and allow you to learn about the different UNESCO heritages. In addition to the journey by the river, it is also possible to make the journey by car(Jeep) with as the end of the journey, the great mosque of Djenné.

what are the particularities of the great mosque of Djenné?

A transition between Sudanese and Malian style, the Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest Adobe building in the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, the mosque has also enjoyed World Heritage protection since the same year. Geometrically it has the structure of a square with 75 centimetres and also combines the pyramidal shape on some edges. It has palm branches that are incorporated into the walls and are sometimes used as a tool for various repairs. These branches also serve to cushion the climatic stresses that the population maintains in a regular festive atmosphere. The designers took care to build this building safe from flooding due also to its materials which are not resistant to bad weather. From a tourist’s point of view, it represents a mine of history, given the wide range of people who studied in this mosque in the Middle Ages. Tourist guides do not hesitate to name the famous students and with a little luck, tourists attend the week of repair.

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