Street in Tombouctou
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Tombouctou in Mali is known for its mud mosques. The town existed as early as 11th century and became the center of the Mali empire around 15th century. It is also during this time that the town became prosperous and mud mosques have been developed in response to Islamic growth propagation. Even today, the mud mosques still stand, causing amazement to many tourists.

Upon visiting Tombouctou, it is advisable to explore the town and appreciate the local architecture of its various establishments. Then, take time and visit the mud mosques in the town such as the Sankore Mosque that was built around 11th century which served as a mosque and a learning center, the Djinguereber Mosque that was constructed in the 14th century and the Sidi Yahya mosque that was built in 15th century. Among these three mud mosques, the Sankore Mosque is the most remarkable because of its magnificent beauty despite its old age. Other than the mosques, it is also worthwhile to visit the town’s museum and water tower as well as its terraced garden.

Tombouctou was granted a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 because of its well preserved beauty. In visiting the town, it is advisable to travel during the months of July to September when the weather is not as hot as during the months of May and June, the hottest months of Mali.

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