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Timbuktu, the architecture

Timbuktu the architecture

Grand Mosque, Djenne.

 

The Great Mosque of Djenné and Sankoré Mosque with its accompanying mosque buildings in Timbuktu are the most famous examples of the Sudano-Sahelian architecture style.  The obvious difference between the two mosque is Grand Mosque Djenne consists of number of minarets but Sankore Mosque only have two minarets, one for Imam and another one for Mu’azzin.

 

Timbuktu the architecture

Sankoré Mosque, Timbuktu

 

Building in or architecture in Timbuktu also have the influence from Moroccan architecture since Timbuktu was invaded by Moroccan in 1591.  This Moroccan architecture is clearly reflected in the design of door, window and arches in the building.

 

I stayed at Hotel Bouctou during my visit to Timbuktu.  Let we share of some my photographs of Hotel Bouctou and other buildings in Timbuktu.

 

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Front and side views of Hotel Bouctou

 

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Another side view and courtyard of Hotel Bouctou 

 

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 Hotel Bouctou’s room and door key

 

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 Hotel Bouctou’s arches

 

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 Hotel Bouctou’ s plague commensurate of event

 

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 The door, window and arch of Songhai architecture at Hotel Bouctou

 

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 Panoramic view of Sahara Desert from Hotel Bouctou

 

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 New building in Timbuktu and view of floor slab and beams

 

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 Some house owner prefer the floor covered with concrete or tiled, but some house owner prefer the floor bare only with sand

 

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 Some old buildings in Timbuktu.  Sign of deterioatation clearly visible on the walls due to weathering on clayey materials

 

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 Deteriorated wall and now lime stone used as material for the wall construction

 

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 Another photographs of buildings in Timbuktu

 

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 Building of ‘Regroupement de Eragagda Tikagoundou’

 

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14 thoughts on “Timbuktu, the architecture

  1. I only want to say I’m new to blogging and actually liked your website. You extremely have excellent articles. Cheers for sharing your web-site.
    Katherine

  2. Dear Ghalib

    Thank you for visiting and the good words. That’s the only my small contribution in sharing and promoting the beautiful places I have visited. Timbuktu deserves to be promoted of its historical and contribution to the Islamic Civilisation. Thank you

  3. Assalamu’alaikum Ayoh Awi

    You rightly pointed that the mosques in Timbuktu are magnificient and deserves to visit. To that reason why Timbuktu was nominated and became finalist of the new 7 wonder of the world in 2007. Djingarey Ber Mosque was declared as UNESCO heritage site in 1988.

    Thank you for your visit and comment

  4. Dear kbguy

    I really appreciate your visit and comment to my blog. Hope by now you have already familiar with Timbuktu, once was the centre of Islamic Knowledge and Civilisation in West Africa.

    Thank you

  5. Dear Pak Fathersez

    I feels really humble as you really like the place called Timbuktu but do not have the opportunity to visit them now. You may have it soon

    Thanks

  6. Pak,

    Thank you for this article. Reading and looking at the gambar makes me feel that I am almost there. You have a great gift lah, Pak.

  7. Assalamu’alaikum Rizal

    Yes I do agree with you the design is simple but practical and look classical as they love their culture and heritage more than others

    Thank you

  8. Assalamu’alaikum Uncle Awang

    Thats the place which called “end of the world” at the fringe of Sahara Desert. This place have no smoke polution but sometimes strong wind blowing the sand (fine sand) into your cooking pot…………..

    Thank you

  9. Salam,

    What a nice collection of pictures and thanks for sharing. The architecture is very simple yet do have classical looks.

    RIZAL

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