Clare's Gallery >> Mali mud mosques


The Sudanese mud mosques of Mali, are made from Banco; mud and dried stalks or animal dung. The organic shapes are formed from mud bricks then the more liquid Banco is applied by hand. The minarets are often topped with ostrich eggs, calabash or pottery as a first defence against the rain which can dissolve the buildings. The protruding timbers act as permanent scaffolding. The great Mosque in Djenne is the worlds largest mud building.

The Great Mosque, Djenne

The Great Mosque Djenne

The main entrance to the Djenne Mosque

Djenne Mosque

The Interior of Djenne mosque

Times of Prayer Djenne mosque

Market Day in Djenne

The great Mosque Djenne

Small mosque in the Dogon Village of Yenda

The mosque in Aka, on the banks on the Niger River

KaniKombole Mosque detail

Kani-kombole Mosque

The mosque at KaniKombole

The dry pond becomes a brickworks in Kani Kombole

KaniKombole in the wet season.

Mosque in the Dogon Village of Teli

The Mosque in M'Buna, a village on the Niger

Interior Courtyard M'Buna Mosque

Interior Courtyard M'Buna Mosque

Sankore Mosque in Timbuktu

The Sankore Mosque Timbuktu

Djingareiber Mosque in Timbuktu

The Inner courtyard of the Djingareiber Mosque

The ablutions courtyard, the Djingareiber Mosque

The Mosque in Mopti, "Venice" of Mali

To prevent erosion the Mopti Mosque was capped with concrete, this has since been removed by traditionalists.

Pottery protection for the Banco