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Halfway between Bamako and Timbuktu, a few dozen miles away from the Dogon Country, Djenné is a must-see for all travellers.

During the rainy season (end of Summer), both arms of the Bani (tributary of the Niger River) overflow and the waters surround the city. Back in 1897, French explorer Felix Dubois spoke of Djenné as a “strange island in the middle of lands”.

Unique building

Former high-rise for Trans-Saharan trades, former eminent religious center, Djenné can thanks its actual worldwide reputation to its outstanding Great Mosque. This spectacular building is the largest mud construction in the world and is an absolute must-see.

Each year, at the same time, the plastering of the Mosque takes place. Dozens of local masons are restoring the building, consolidate the banco degraded by moisture or by time. This tradition allows this typical Sudanese style building to be several centuries old. Old Towns of Djenné trully deserve their listing on the UNESCO World’s heritage list.

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