The Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

One of the top amazing mud-brick buildings in the world, the Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso is one of Burkina Faso’s iconic landmarks. It is an excellent example of Sahel-styled mud architecture. Some people believe that it was constructed on 1880 and others say that it’s 1893. It is similar in style to Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu. Timbers are in place so workers can scale the structure for adding extra layers of clay. The only material used on the mosque’s construction are timber and clay.

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

I had the chance to go inside the mosque during my trip to Burkina Faso. I went there on a Friday (so very good timing!) and had to wait for the Moslems to finish praying. The wait was worth it as I was able to go inside the mosque and even on the roof top! Here are some photos… Enjoy viewing! :)

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso – Unlike the old times, they do have ceiling fans now…

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso – conical towers and wooden props rise above

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Moslems wash necessary body parts before praying and entering the mosque. As you can see, there are water containers outside the mosque. I had to wash my face and arms before entering! Moslems wash more parts though…

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

 

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Mosque, Burkina Faso

 Enjoy your travels! Have fun!!! :)

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