The Grand Mosque at Bani, Bani

#5 of 6 in Historic Sites in Burkina Faso
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
A trip to The Grand Mosque at Bani gives you the chance to see why it is known as the country's most important Muslim religious site. Situated in a small desert village, the mosque was the idea of a local man, Mohamed el Hajj, when he returned from a pilgrimage he'd done on foot. The villagers gathered and in less than two years, in poverty, completed the work. The main mosque and the six surrounding ones are grouped together in the shape of a man praying. The buildings are simple, made with clay, wood, and mud bricks, and--unusually--face the direction opposite of Mecca. Make The Grand Mosque at Bani a centerpiece of your Bani vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bani trip itinerary planning website.
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