Photographer's Note

I don't know who this man was, or why he was dressed this way. I find him a bit mysterious, and with the wall of the famous mosque in Djenné as a backdrop I decided to use this as today's main photo.

Today I bring you three more photos taken an early morning in 1982 in Djenné, a town in central Mali classified as a World Heritage by the UNESCO.

Djenné is generally praised for its uniquely uniform architecture – buildings of mud and straw. The single building rising high above the rest, physically and culturally, is the Grand mosque.

Many years ago I posted this wider view of the mosque, built in 1906 on the same location where there had been mosques since the 13th century:


A slightly closer look at the mosque was offered by this photo:


Today's main photo brings you even closer. The WS photos show you the main sanctuary of Djenné from other angles and distances. I hesitated a lot before deciding which one to use as the main upload. Probably some of you will prefer one of the others, so please have a look at them too. Like this one they were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

My next post will show some of the civilian architecture of Djenné.

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