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Mosque from Mud, The Architectural Wonders

Updated on January 6, 2010

A building is identical with good, strong and sturdy materials. Especially large buildings, to show the beauty of the building usually use good quality of the material. Have you imagine when the building was build from the mud. Mud is useless the material, we usually ignore it. We can not imagine if the mud becomes material to make a grand buildings such as Mosques. When we travel around the world. We can see a big mosque was build with high quality materials.

When I was browsing around the internet and search for my niece home work about mosque. I found the miracle of mosque which build from mud. This is a large mosque. I think this is an architectural wonders.

The local people called it Djenné Great Mosque. It was build on 1907. This mosque was designed by Ismaila Traoré, he is a master builder and also lead the development project of this mosque.

The mosque located in Western Africa. Because there are many mud and palm wood around that area, it become a great idea to build a mosque. This mosque was adapted to hot climate in the Western Africa area. Mosque built from mud bricks which dried under the sun (ferey) and cement. While the outer layer using tape-based mud is also giving smooth curved appearance, like a statue.This mosque look elegant because it was build with the local architecture.

Wall of the the mosque has a thickness of 40 cm, 60 cm, which is useful to hold the weight of the big mosque and to protect from solar radiation. So during the day, the mosque walls Gradually warm from the outside, and at night to cool slowly. The main room mosque sustained by Ninety Wooden Pillars supporting the ceiling, can accommodate up to three thousand people. We can see how big this building. The nature of wood help the mosque stay cool in the afternoon until to the evening.

Because the location of this Djenné Great Mosque near the Bani river, sometime when the water overflow from the river, this mosque was flooded by water. After the rainy season or during spring, usually more than four thousand people gathered to re-plaster the mosque. Some people prepare a mixture of mud and chaf for the material. Because of this habbit, it become the annually festival.

Because this mosque very unique, in 1988, the old city of Djenné and the great mosque inaugurated a world historical site by UNESCO. Great Mosque of Djenné was Renowned as a symbol of the Djenné City and the nation of Mali. And right now Djenné mosque become the most important buildings in Western Africa. Muslims and tourists from all over the world come to admire the structure of this mosque.


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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi,Peggy. Good to see you again. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub and your appreciation to unique place like this one. Thanks for the vote. Merry Christmas....


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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Any world UNESCO site is always worthy of a visit and this would be no exception. The Mosque made from mud bricks looks amazing! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Voted up and interesting.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, john-vegan. I hope you enjoy this hub. I really appreciate your attention here. Take care!

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      john-vegan 6 years ago from USA

      Mosque is already famous before and your hub push it to up a little...Good job.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good morning, my uncle. I am so happy you love this information. I hope you can make like this, a church maybe. Thank you very much.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      This is so unique! It makes me want to build. God bless Prasetio!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Micky for coming to this hub and give nice comment.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Very nice. At first the thought- "you're kidding" -popped in and then back out. Very nice- very! Thanks

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      your Welcome Sandy. Thanks for dropping by. I hope you like this hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Mr.Agung, Veronica and James for coming to this hub. I am you all like this hub. I like write something weird. I hope we know about something out there. Like you said Veronica. Thanks.......

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      James J Mills 8 years ago from Northern California

      Wonderful hub and pictures.... what a unique structure!


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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      This is so amazing Prasetio. Thanks for taking us around the world and showing us such sites we may have otherwise never had the opportunity to see.

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      Snapshot at Siem Riep 8 years ago from Cambodja

      Thanks for sharing.I once saw it in TV. It is really amazing.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Mr.Roychoudhury and Mr.hafeezrm. Good question but it has been answered by Mr.hafeezrm. And this is a miracle of Allah. God must be protect by human made, and the human also pray to God. It take and give effect. I agree with you Mr.Hafeezrm, it show the miracle of God. And it proven when tsunami hit my country in last December 2004. We can found another miracle of building around the world which safe after disaster. And I think Djenné Great Mosque is part of that miracle....amen.

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      hafeezrm 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks for sharing the information. The mosque has stood the test of time as it is in its place for the last 100 years. It is not just a mud but combination of mud with wood.

      In Jan 2005, Tsunami hit Banda Aceh of Indonesia. In one picture, every structure was destroyed except for a lone mosque because of structural design and quality of material besides being house of God.

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is beautiful, amazing but is it not risky?


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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Pete, BkCreative and Hello for coming to this hub. FOr Pete, I have the same thought with you. But the unique side from this mosque is after the rain. Because it become annually festival. Thanks BkCreative for add another wonderful place in South Korea. You can write about that place, I'll glad to read it. For Hello, you always welcome here.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      A beautiful building and a unbelievable structure. Interesting read. Thank you

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is my all time favorite most amazing structure! And a great experience it was went I went to Jeju Island (S. Korea) and there is an African museum built to resemble this structure - amazing! It is certainly on my list of "1000 Things I Desire to Do!"

      Thanks so much for one more wonderful hub!

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      It is an amazing structure but I expect it would need repair anytime there was any real rain.