Djenné was the sister-city of Timbuktu during its glory days, and it remains largely unchanged — a city of mud-brick houses lining narrow, winding streets. Formerly an important river port and a center of learning, Djenné is now best-known for its weekly market, which draws thousands of people to trade their goods, buy or only have a look at. And for its Grande Mosquée, the largest mud-brick building in the world and another of Unesco's World Heritage sites. Djenné is said to be the center of the medieval sudan mud-brick architecture.

    Brick-mud construcktion

mud-brick construction
in Sudanese style

The Big Mosque
- really huge!
The Big Mosque

Ancient city house
Ancient city house in Djenné
interior court
Typical interior court

Between the walls
Between the walls

Dyeing cloth





Even for dyeing and painting on cloth people use mud.

Pupils of a coranic school
Pupils of a koranic school in front of the mosque


It is an art to write  
Writing - an art

On the way to the market
They left their villages at dawn to sell their products on the market.

Back to sign-tree