"Djenne is a Market Town with a Great Mud Mosque" Top 5 Page for this destination Djenne by atufft

Djenne Travel Guide: 75 reviews and 210 photos

Market first, Mud Mosque second

For the world, the world's largest mud building is certainly the attraction here. But, the building wouldn't have been so grand if Djenne were not also a great market town. The Mosque itself is barely a century old, and needs refurbishment with mud every year as a matter of ceremony, so what really drives this town is the local bargaining and exchange of dried fish, calabashes, and other goods.

The Presence of the Great Mosque

The context of the market is before the mosque, and so people watching here provides a regular photographic backdrop of the mosque itself. The market goers dress up in their best and most exotic garments, and so for the casual tourist, it's a true photo safari. Capturing images without disturbing the subject is fairly easy here, but one still has to be quick with the camera.

The mosque is off limits to non-Muslims

While one might be disappointed by not being able to go inside the mosque, in reality the structure is best viewed from outside. Inside is a complex support structure that interferes with the view. This isn't like the cathedrals of Europe. It's more like the Taj Mahal, which has the same draw back. Nevertheless, the people have a good right to be proud of this exotic piece of architecture.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful photo safari of architecture and people
  • Cons:local accommodations are not the best
  • In a nutshell:Can't miss Djenne if you come to Mali
  • Intro Updated Mar 27, 2007
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  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Djenne Mosque really impressed me!! Excellent photos of those beautiful people! I like tribal dress they wear! There are indeed some excellent musicians coming from Mali :)

  • Jan 6, 2008 at 5:54 AM

    Your tips are great. I have a friend going to work in a NGO in Mali so I am really interested in what she will find when she gets there and your page helped a lot.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    excellent photos! special photos and special visit!! thanks for showing us them!

  • leonik's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    extremely fascinating city... a pity the mosque's out of bounds to non-muslims though... tips i can use thanks!

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2006 at 7:33 AM

    Another great page, full of wonderful tips and photos. Believe it or not, there is a perfect life-size replica of tht mosque on Jeju-do in Korea. It's a crazy world.

  • Atheist's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2005 at 4:57 PM

    Yeah about Djenne, how is the food? I really liked the Mosque.


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