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Old November 4th, 2005, 06:44 AM   #1
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Largest mud brick building (Great Mosque of Djenné)

This is interesting. I saw this on Wikipedia. The Great Mosque of Djenné
in Mali, West Africa, is the largest mud brick building. The mosque was built
around 1240. It was demolished in 1834 by Amadou Lobbo who considered
the original structure to be too lavish. A re-creation of the original was
completed in 1896 but was subsequently demolished to make way for the
current structure, built around 1907 or 1909. Along with the city of Djenné, it
was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The entire community of Djenné takes an active role in the mosque's
maintenance via a unique annual festival. This includes music and food, but
has the primary objective of repairing the damage inflicted on the mosque in
the past year (mostly erosion caused by the annual rains and cracks caused
by changes in temperature and humidity).





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Old November 4th, 2005, 07:51 AM   #2
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The Government of Saudi Arabia had requested to build a Grand Mosque in the same location but the locals of Djenne declined claiming it is part of their culture and heritage to maintain the mosque year round. Later on the king then requested to have marble flooring done and that too was declined I believe. These people admire their mosque and the structure is just absolutely incredible.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 09:02 AM   #3
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The Bam citadel, semi destoryed in the 2003 earthquake but they are sposed to be rebuilding it



Isnt the Polata palace at least partly made of mud bricks/rammed earth aswell?
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Old November 4th, 2005, 09:23 AM   #4
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The Government of Saudi Arabia had requested to build a Grand Mosque in the same location but the locals of Djenne declined claiming .
Saudis have a long history of demolishing historical sites, like they demolished Ottoman castle. Same as Taliban who demolished Buddha statue. The mosque is designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Do Saudis not know that?
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Old November 6th, 2005, 08:42 AM   #5
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This is an interesting mosque...thanx for sharing...
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Old November 8th, 2005, 08:54 AM   #6
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