The Great Mosque of Djenne

Sam R.


The Great Mosque of Djenne is located in the African country, Mali. Mali is on the west coast of Africa bordered by Algeria and Mauritania. The Mosque is in the city of Djenne, which is in the southeast of Mali. The Mosque itself is located in the center of the city because it is one of the most important buildings in the city.


The Mosque is made of sun baked mud bricks which were plastered together. The walls of the Mosque are 41 centimeters thick and 45 feet tall. The Mosque is extremely important to the city as it brings the people together for festivals and worshiping. On top of each minaret there is an ostrich egg for decoration. It is one of the biggest achievements for the Sudanese-Sahelian style of buildings in the world. It is the biggest mud brick building in the entire world.


The city of DJenne was founded in about 800 CE. The original Djenne mosque was built in the 13th century under king Koi Kunboro. That mosque was unapproved by Seku Amadu in the Tukulor war and the mosque was wrecked in the 14th century. The 2nd mosque was built in 1834 and went under repair in 1905 and was finished in 1907. The location of the mosque was previously occupied by a palace for the leader of the city. The stairs of the mosque are decorated with pinnacles to remember the the two previous mosques.


The mosque is worshiped at by Islamic people who are worshiping the god Allah. The mosque is one of the only places near them for them to worship their god. Religion is a huge part of life in Djenne because the mosque is in the center of the town and everyone in the city goes there to worship. The mosque is one of Africa's biggest wonders due to the beautiful architecture and the festivals that are held there. There is one big festival called the Tabaski Festival held at the mosque every year where everyone in the city goes to the mosque. There is foods and markets and everyone helps repair the damage that has happened to the mosque in the past year. The mosque is where all the meetings and ceremonies happen at in the town because of all the space it has inside of it. The mosque is used in everyday life in Djenne if its worshiping, repairing, meetings or ceremonies.
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Tabaski Festival

People repairing the damage of the Mosque at the Tabaski Festival

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