Rendering Ceremony of the Historic Grand Mosque in Mali

Published May 4th, 2019 - 07:30 GMT

Several thousand residents of the historic central Malian city of Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, took part in the annual rendering ceremony of the Grand Mosque, which will now be powered by solar electricity. 

The rendering of the building with banco (a mixture of soil and water, with rice bran, shea butter and baobab powder) made by the city's inhabitants, helps to protect the mosque from bad weather ahead of the rainy season. The Grand Mosque in the Malian city of Djenne described as “the largest adobe [clay] building in the world”.

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People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

A man takes part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

A man takes part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali on April 28, 2019. Several thousand residents of the historic central Malian city of Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, took part in the annual rendering ceremony of the Grand Mosque, which will now be powered by solar electricity. The rendering of the building with banco (a mixture of soil and water, with rice bran, shea butter and baobab powder) made by the city's inhabitants, helps to protect the mosque from bad wea

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali on April 28, 2019. Several thousand residents of the historic central Malian city of Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, took part in the annual rendering ceremony of the Grand Mosque, which will now be powered by solar electricity. The rendering of the building with banco (a mixture of soil and water, with rice bran, shea butter and baobab powder) made by the city's inhabitants, helps to protect the mosque from bad weather ahead of the rainy season. MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

A picture shows the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali during its annual rendering ceremony  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

A picture shows the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali during its annual rendering ceremony MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
A man takes part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali on April 28, 2019. Several thousand residents of the historic central Malian city of Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, took part in the annual rendering ceremony of the Grand Mosque, which will now be powered by solar electricity. The rendering of the building with banco (a mixture of soil and water, with rice bran, shea butter and baobab powder) made by the city's inhabitants, helps to protect the mosque from bad wea
A picture shows the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali during its annual rendering ceremony  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
A man takes part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
A man takes part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali on April 28, 2019. Several thousand residents of the historic central Malian city of Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, took part in the annual rendering ceremony of the Grand Mosque, which will now be powered by solar electricity. The rendering of the building with banco (a mixture of soil and water, with rice bran, shea butter and baobab powder) made by the city's inhabitants, helps to protect the mosque from bad wea
People take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali on April 28, 2019. Several thousand residents of the historic central Malian city of Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, took part in the annual rendering ceremony of the Grand Mosque, which will now be powered by solar electricity. The rendering of the building with banco (a mixture of soil and water, with rice bran, shea butter and baobab powder) made by the city's inhabitants, helps to protect the mosque from bad weather ahead of the rainy season. MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
A picture shows the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali during its annual rendering ceremony  MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
A picture shows the Great Mosque of Djenne in central Mali during its annual rendering ceremony MICHELE CATTANI / AFP