The Grand Mosque at Bani, Burkina Faso

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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 Ouagadougou vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Ouagadougou trip itinerary planning website .
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  • Our guide told us about the construction, the maintenance of this stunning mosque. We're at the gates of the desert, the story is exciting. No worries to find the guide it appears as if by magic and is part of the charm of the visit. He also accompanied us on the Hill. Even if the road to Bani is long but very beautiful, we're largely rewarded.
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  • We visited this beautiful mosque with our guide Adama Sawadogo, who explained in the construction and history. It is a very interesting visit to especially not to be missed.
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  • Bani is an absolute must for travellers who wish to visit all busy market on Thursday of Gorom Gorom, but the village is worth a lot more than a short visit. Famous for its 7 mud mosques, including the impressive main mosque, is a truly magical place. The chef du village, descendant of Islamic Holy who built the mosque, will take you to the visit of all buildings (even non-Muslims are welcome inside!) and will tell you the story of each individual brick bench ... Unfortunately at the moment there is only one auberge really poor in the city. Not to be missed if you want to have a contact with an authentic Africa.
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