Photographer's Note

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 Djenné 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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