The small town of Djenné is located some 350 km South-West of Timbuktu. The two towns were closely related through the 15th-17th century trans-Saharan trade, with caravans having to pass through both towns on their journeys between North and West Africa.
Djenne and Timbuktu were centres of Islamic scholarship. Djenné is well known for its distinctive adobe architecture. Outstanding among the buildings of Djenne are three mosques, among these is the impressive Great Mosque, which was constructed in 1907 in Adobe in the place of the original 3rd century mosque. It is built in a distinctly sudano- Sahelian style.
The Zamani Project spatially documented the Djenné Mosque in 2005. It was one of the first field campaigns undertaken by the Zamani Project, and the subsequent model produced was one of the group’s first.
Similar sites (Mosque):
Gede mosque (Gede, Kenya), Shela mosque (Shela/lamu, Kenya), Djingereyber mosque (Timbuktu, Mali), Kilwa mosque (Kilwa, Tanzania), Songo Mnara mosque (Songo Mnara, Tanzania)
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The environment surrounding the Mosque is artificial and doesn't represent the real environment.