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One of the world’s most stunning structures is under threat

Terrorism could destroy the Grand Mosque of Djenné, Mali

July 30, 2016 12:00PM

The Grand Mosque in Djenné, Mali

The Grand Mosque in Djenné, Mali

For thousands of years, residents of Djenné, Mali have lived in homes made of mud. So naturally Djenné is the site of the largest mud-brick building in the world, the Grand Mosque – an UNESCO World Heritage. But the city’s most famous structure may soon be destroyed.

Scholars and architects consider the mosque to be one of the greatest achievements of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style. But as rebel groups like al-Qaeda move into the area the future of the building is no longer clear, according to Curbed.

Preservationists must continually work on the mosque to keep it from eroding and they are currently unable to safely work and access materials there.

An UNESCO team has already found evidence of deterioration. The Malian government has even joined the cause, but according to Curbed, even more financial resources are needed. [Curbed] Christopher Cameron

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