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Djenné

Djenné is an urban commune and town in the Inland Niger Delta region of the West African country of Mali. As a Word Heritage Site, Djenné is the favourite tourist site in Mali. This is an important centre of Islam with about 50 Koran schools. Djenné (also known as Djénné, Jenné and Jenne), founded in 800 A.D., is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s oldest towns.

The history of Djenné is closely linked with that of Timbuktu, which is situated a few hundred kilometres upstream. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, much of the trans-Saharan trade in goods such as salt, gold and slaves that moved in and out of Timbuktu passed through Djenné. Both towns became centres of Islamic scholarship. Djenné's prosperity depended on this trade and when the Portuguese established trading posts on the African coast, the importance of the trans-Saharan trade and thus of Djenné declined.

Djenné is situated 398 km North-East of Bamako and 76 km South-West of Mopti. The town is on the floodplain between the Niger and Bani Rivers at the southern end of the Inland Niger Delta. It covers an area of about 70 ha and, during the annual floods, becomes an island that is accessed by causeways. The Bani River is 5 km South of the town and is crossed by ferry.

Djenné is famous for its distinctive mud-brick (adobe) architecture, most notably the Great Mosque which was built in 1907 on the site of an earlier mosque. Explore the ancient unforgettable streets of Djenné. Discover architectural wonders and the charm of its arts and craft markets. Take a break in one of the charming restaurants. Enjoy the comfort of its hotels and guesthouses.

 

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