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Mosque from Mud, The Architectural Wonders
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.
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.