Sudano-Sahelian style refers to the indigenous architecture of the Africans of the Sahel and Sudanian grassland. The buildings are typically built with mudbricks and adobe plaster. The architectural style is characterised by support beams (or scaffolds) that jut out from the wall face when used for indeginous mosques and palaces. These peculiarities make the buildings eye-catching.
Some remarkable mosques built after the Sudano-Sahelian architecture in Africa include
1. Larabanga Mosque, Ghana.
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The Larabanga, built in 1421, is the oldest mosque in Ghana, and one of the oldest in West Africa. Being a tourist centre for Muslims, the beautiful mosque is often referred to as the ‘Mecca of West Africa’.
2. The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali.
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This monumental building is located in the city of Djenné in Mali. It was built on the flood plain of the Bani River. The initial mosque on the site was built in the 13th century, while the current structure was built in 1997.
The great mosque is the centre of the community of Djenné,which hosts an annual festival with lots of food and good music.
This enormous building in Mali is considered one of the most famous landmarks in Africa.
3. Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso
The Grand Mosque in Bobo Dioulasso is the largest building in this style in Burkina Faso. It was built in the end of the 19th century as a result of political deal between local king and Islamic religious leader, and has been listed as one of the ‘things to do in Burkina Faso’ .
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