Djenné Mud Mosque & Dogon Architecture

mud mosque

From Timbuktu, we flew back to Mopti. From there we got a car and drove to Djenné, one of the oldest towns in West Africa. It was still hot and flat, with perhaps a bit more trees than up north and the occassional grove of mango trees. The architecture was also a bit different, more in the Dogon style. At times it was like being in Taos or Santa Fe, with a sort of Kon-tiki tribal flair.

riverfront in Mopti

Mopti riverfront


Dogon granaries

Dogon architecture


Dogon granary


woman pounding millet

pounding millet


bushel grid

bushels and buildings


two red windows (up by Timbuktu actually)



goat in the shade of cart

goat in shade of cart


The Ferry Crossing

Before we got to Djenné, we had to cross the Niger. The Niger is the lifeline of Mali. It seems every important town or city in Mali hugs the Niger. Djenné itself is actually on an island of the river.


how they roll in Mali

niger ferry


approaching Djenné

Djenne donkeys


Djenné street scene

Djenne street


kid chasing kid

boy chasing goats


the 3-story mosque, the largest mud structure in the world

djenne goats


inside a typical home

Djenne home




rooftops of Djenné

rooftops of Djenne



djenne door


Djenné manuscript library

manuscript library


boy carrying water

water boy


haughty textile hawker

haughty hawker


like something out of a fairy tale

Djenne Mud Mosque

After lunching in Djenné, we went back across the ferry to Mopti, then to Bandiagara in the heart of Dogon country...






(c) 2009 Derek White