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Bobo-Dioulasso is the 2nd city of Burkina-Faso with about 450 000 inhabitants, 350 km south-west of Ouagadougou.

It was a long time the economical centre of the country and it's still the capital of culture and arts.
its first name was Kibidoué, village built by the Bobo farmers at the XIth century.
Then, at the XVth, it wa called Sya with the arrival of the Dioula people.
In 1904, the french colonists called it Bobo-Dioulasso, that means "the house of the Bobo and the Dioula").
With its large avenues planted with trees, it was the favourite city of the colonists, set here since 1886.

The city has kept a lot of buildings from the colonial period (the rail station, the provincial museum of Houet...) and its most famous monument is the old mosquee, called mosquee of Dioulasso-Bâ.

It's said that it was built by the king of Sya to thanks the muslim Sakidi Sanou to have helped him to fight again the Kenedougou lord.

Built in 1880 on an animist place of worship, it's characteristic of the "sudanese architecture". It's in banco, with pieces of wood (used to the outside covering restoration) and two minarets (one for the men, one for the women).

We can compare it to the big mosquee of Djenne in Mali, best exemple of sudanese buildings.
This style was located around the delta of Niger river in the north-east of french Sudan (1891-1904, 1920-1946), now the Mali.
This kind of architecture was seen outlying areas : Burkina-Faso, north of Cote-d'Ivoire and Ghana.


In WS : a wide view of the east face of the mosquee.

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