Modern Day Mali

Mali has very distinctive architecture. Mosques are made of sundried mud with branches of trees sticking out to help the yearly refinishing after the summer rains.

Ancient Mali

In ancient Mali they built social and religious stuctures (mostly religious). Rulers ordered mosques to be built and palaces to be converted into mosques. Gao, Djenne and Timbuktu had very big mosques. Djenne had 3 mosques, the last of the three was made from rice husks, earth and water. The mosque was four stories high, had three minarets that were almost 60 feet high (18.2 meters) and the spires were topped with ostrich eggs, meaning good fortune and fertility.

A Malian Mosque.

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