Six astonishing Sudano-Sahelian mosques in Africa

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Mayada Srouji

The Larabanga Mosque, Ghana, built in 1421. Image via MVSLIM

The Sudano-Sahelian architecture style is known for being simple but very beautiful. This kind of architecture is a mixture of different indigenous African styles. The buildings are typically built with mudbricks and adobe plaster. As the surroundings are flat, the buildings, mosques, residential houses and youth houses, catch the eye immediately. Below is a list of a few of the beautiful mosques that were built in the Sudano-Sahelian style.

1. The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali

The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali. 1907, photo by Mark Abel. Image sourced via MVSLIM

This enormous building in Mali is considered one of the most famous landmarks in Africa. An annual festival, with lots of food and music, at the Great Mosque brings the community together. They also use this opportunity to repair the damages inflicted on the mosque because of the high temperatures.

The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali. Image via MVSLIM

2. Larabanga Mosque, the oldest Mosque in Ghana

The Larabanga Mosque, Ghana, built in 1421. Image via MVSLIM

The beautiful mosque in Ghana is one of the oldest mosques in West Africa and is referred to as the ‘Mecca of West Africa”, being a place of pilgrimage.

3. The Agadez Mosque, Niger

The Agadez Mosque, Niger, built in 1515. Image via MVSLIM

The tall tower of the Agadez mosque served as a watchtower, because the city was a fortified city in the past so it had to be able to stand against the siege.

Watchtower at Agadez Mosque, Niger. Image via MVSLIM

4. Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso, built in 1880. Image via MVSLIM

This mosque was built in the end of the 19th century as a result of a political deal between the local king and Islamic religious leader.

Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso. Image via MVSLIM

5. The Grand Mosque in Bani, Burkina Faso

The Grand Mosque at Bani, Burkina Faso. Image via MVSLIM

The beautiful mosque of Bani is situated in a small desert village and is the country’s most important Islamic site.

Minaret of the Grand Mosque at Bani, Burkina Faso. Image via MVSLIM

6. Sankore Mosque, Timbuktu

Sankore Mosque, Timbuktu, Mali. Image via MVSLIM

The mosque in Timbuktu forms, together with two other mosques, became a university that was very important during islamic history and became very important under the reign of Mansa Musa, also known as ‘the richest man in the history’.

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