The Great Mosque at Djenne

Luke R.

Location

The Great Mosque of Djenne is located in the Mopti region in central Mali. Mali is located in the western part of Africa and falls in the Sahel region. The town of Djenne is on the Bani river and in the effected floodplain. It also has direct contact by river to Timbuktu.
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Where Djenne is located

The Mosque

The Mosque is a 52 foot tall mud brick building making it the largest in the world. The mud plaster of the outside gives the mosque a sandy tan appearance along with a smother finish. It has three main towers in the front each that are topped with a conical point. There are uniform rows of rodier palms. The entire area is about 62500 square feet half of that being open and the other half is enclosed.
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History

The original mosque was built around 1240 C.E. under the rule of Koi Konburo. It immediately became a center for learning for people wanting to study the Qur'an. The mosque kept being improved upon through the 16th century. Eventually though, it was destroyed due to the fact that Amadou Lobbo thought the mosque had become too lavish. It had started to feel like a palace so it was demolished in 1830. A new mosque was rebuilt soon after to replace it. Although in 1896 it was demolished again to make way for the newest building. The third and final make of the mosque was finished around 1907.
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Rodier Palms used for Design

Sacredness

The Great Mosque is a classical Islamic mosque. It acts as a beacon to all the surrounding areas. The people see it as a shining light in Mali. Its a place of worship for the Muslims. The Great Mosque is a symbol of learning for the entire religion. Thousands of people come to worship and study in the city and the mosque. It is also used for markets and festivals. People sell food, goods and other things in the market.

Rebuilding

There is an annual festival to repair the mosque. People race from the plaster pits to the mosque to fix it. Men climb up the side of the mosque and repair it with plaster. The elderly get the priority seating to watch the event. All others crowd the streets to get a view.

Citations

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