31 May '14, 8pm

The Great Mosque, Djenné

The walls of the Mosque vary in thickness between 40-60cm (16-24 inches), depending on their height. These massive walls are necessary in order to carry the weight of the tall structure, much the same as the walls of Shibam . High up in the building bundles of rodier palm (below left) provide footholds for plastering after the rainy season when the whole community (below right) get together in a festival to repair the Mosque's walls. The mud used for the adobe bricks and plaster comes from the Niger River. The mud is mixed with rice husks and straw and fermented for a month when it becomes very tough, viscous and rain resistant. During the day the walls of the Mosque gradually warm up and then radiate their stored energy during the night. This keeps the interior of the mosque cool all day long. The Mosque has roof vents with ceramic caps that can be removed at night to ven...

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