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The only land that has been standing for 700 years: Cenne Mosque

The Great Mosque of Cenne is a large mudbrick building, one of the greatest achievements of the Sudani-Saheli architectural style by many architects. The mosque is located in the city of Cenne, on the Bani River flood plain of Mali. The first mosque was built in the 13th century, but the current building dates back to 1907.

Cenne Mosque The Grand Cenne Mosque, which was first built in the 14th century and known as the ‘biggest building in the world’, challenges centuries with its simplicity and robustness. Standing on more than a hundred columns, the mosque is repaired every day with mud carried by the local people.

Known as the ‘largest land structure in the world’, the Cenne Mosque is located in Djenne, Mali.

The “Great Cenne Mosque” located in the city of Cenne (Djenne) of Mali is one of the most interesting architectural works not only of Cenne but of all of Africa. It rises in the middle of the city in all its glory. It is known that the mosque was first built in the 14th century.

The mosque, which was destroyed several times, came to its present state after the construction work in 1907.

Having the title of the world’s largest structure made of earth, Cenne Ulu Mosque is repaired every year by the people on “Mud Day”.

The mud collected by the children and young people from the river beds is carried to the masters who will be plastered on the walls by carrying them with containers.
The people of the region are restoring the mosque one day every year, with its 3 minarets, 4 main columns, 60 meters width and 50 thousand people can pray at the same time. Plasters are strengthened and contributed to the strengthening of the mosque.

The mud collected by the children and young people from the river beds is carried to the masters who will be plastered on the walls by carrying them with containers.
It is almost impossible to see a concrete house in the city of Djenne. Houses made of mudbrick called Sudan-Moroccan architecture are widespread throughout the region.

The mud collected by the children and young people from the river beds is carried to the masters who will be plastered on the walls by carrying them with containers.

The ventilation of the mudbrick mosque is provided by chimneys called ‘Ladis’ made of earth.

MUD DAY

The largest building made of mud in the world, the Grand Mosque of Cenne is covered with mud every year by thousands of people. This day when the mosque was repaired is called ‘Mud Day’. Mud Day represents a special day for the people of the region.

Women, children, men, young and old gathered from the early hours of the morning … The new plaster applied to the mosque is drying very fast due to the high temperatures in the region and the mosque is prepared one year later …

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