This is the mosque of Djenné city in central Mali. Djenné is, along with Timbuktu further north, classified as a world heritage by the UNESCO. The whole city has a unique style of architecture, all in mud and bricks, and the Grand mosque is the jewel of the crown.
The city was founded at about 800 AD and was an important trade centre from the 16th century. The first mosque at this site was built in 1240, but this one is only 100 years old. The architect was Ismaila Traoré, who was head of the masons' guild of Diré at that time. The mosque is replastered every year in the spring in a ceremony that has become an important social event.
This picture was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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SteveH (6191) 2008-02-07 2:29
Hi Gert, What an incredible building! Were you able to go inside, if so, what was the interior like? It is a shame that the sky is white, but that is difficult to do anything about. The inclusion of the goats and people gives us a glimpse of the everyday life too. cheers, Steve
bobocortis (15946) 2008-02-07 5:47
Amazing sand-paint picture.
The sheeps on close up complete the outcome.
baclama (17391) 2008-02-07 7:05
tres beau point de vue de cette belle mosquée..peut-etre ça manque un peu de contratse?
TopGeo (38192) 2008-02-07 7:16
Hi Gert! excellent captured! of mosque! A picture that with the almost monochrome creates impression. As besides and the form and the architecture of mosque! The composition I liked with travelled in a point that I do not know! I thank and praise you.
saxo042 (37024) 2008-02-07 7:42
I get a strong feeling that this picture was in reality taken around the 19th century. I can just imagine you going around with a topee and a lot of helpers to carry your luggage and your big, oldfashioned camera.
Indeed a very fine picture!
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jmdias (52918) 2008-02-07 16:38
wonderful pov and architecture. I think light isn't the best and colors aren't so nice. Maybe an option for B&W could be more interesting here. Anyway I liked this photo
ryno (6785) 2008-02-07 20:52
Hi Gert, this is a great shot of this superb mosque with it's very distinct and appealing architectural style. A good POV with the goat in the foreground and splashes of blue in the people's clothing. The sky is very grey and doesn't add much to the photo, so I would crop some of that if I were you, but otherwise it's an excellent image.
molla (7127) 2008-02-08 0:38
And here you have the wonder of Africa , A true temple of all african stories you can imagine. The sandcastle of all sandcastle. it is a true impressive building and you framed it well, and in this picture it doesn't matter that we have a flat sky it just strengthens the architecture of the mosque
Asiulus (1176) 2008-02-18 1:48
This one is good, too. Full view, people helping us to estimate the size of the mosque and animals in front of it all, making it more dimensional... I like the running/jumping(?) figure under the tree as well. Did you crop the picture?
skoogmi (39) 2008-02-27 7:36
Utan tvekan ett av dina bästa bilder, från en helt annan tidsålder. Inga som helst störande moderna element eller har du tagit bort alla bilarna här famför med Photoshop?
crhieatt (5347) 2008-04-02 9:44
I guess this is a famous landmark these days - perhaps it always was.
The muted tones of this shot work pretty well here because the star is obviously the architecture itself.
adores (34740) 2008-04-06 19:21
This is a really beautiful mosque. Good to see it on this old photo, surrounded by people. Great daily scene. I like the goats in foreground.Good composition!
JCG (35129) 2008-06-07 8:12
A really interesting scan on this mosque. These countries do not have the modern means of construction which have the developed countries, however I am astonished by this marvellous architecture. The day when this mosque is replastered must be memorable. Thank you for sharing Gert.
With all my friendships and a very good WE,
fanni (14377) 2008-07-11 11:23
really incredible building which looks more fantastic than real! to me it seems almost like something from quite a different (maybe even extra-terrestrial) world... looks like a scene from a fantastic movie!
Anyway, I like the composition and the very warm colours, and the soft (and yet sharp enough) lines of the mosque. It looks very three-dimensional!
mafegan (8624) 2008-07-14 4:56
What an amazing building from Mali. Seems almost surreal and from 1982. I do appreciate you sharing this image, Marlene
noborders (1010) 2008-08-29 5:02
Hi Gert, I'm still attracted a lot by your old photos, when I saw this mosque in 2001 it was surrounded by buildings and it was also the day of the market, plenty of little tents were partly blocking the view, a pity in a way as the mosque looks so nice in that empty place - superb scan and great photo (and splendid building !), bravo !
fritzi007 (3277) 2010-08-18 6:45
Wonderful foto and object, and an interesting comment, very good work!
unsalan (149) 2011-01-04 13:41
It is a nice photograph. Thin and lonely goat gives an impression of difficult life in this area. Thank you for sharing,
leo61 (0) 2011-02-10 11:07
I found this in your random gallery and I like this film oldy a lot.
it`s a unique mosque architecture,very well captured by you.Good composition with the few people around and these goats in the foreground.
adidas5nb (4504) 2013-05-26 18:55
this is an absolute stunner of a mosque/structure.love your pov and the composition with the goats in the fg.after michael palin,it's you,who has given me a detailed insight into this part of the wold.THANK YOU.
kato (11630) 2013-10-04 17:05
You're capturing well place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the mosque built with mud and brick, with unique shape. It's a very mysterious for seeing this environment included the ground and wall to me, and we can know that this is the dry place.
Miguel82 (21240) 2014-08-04 21:08
Gert, this is a value report from Mali, many tensions nowadays in that subsaharian region. That sand color mosque is situated in a desertic environment, the workshop is welcome, thanks, greetings
- Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) (38025)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1982-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Mosques Around The World (III) (Africa), other favorites (2008) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-07 1:32
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