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The Stairs of Djinguereber Mosque

afr04078.jpg | MALI Anonymous | Djinguereber Mosque. Detail of Courtyard and Stairway. | c. 1850-1999 | Islamic | Sudanese | | Timbuktu. Mali. | | ©Kathleen Cohen |

 Djinguereber Mosque

 ©Kathleen Cohen

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  The Djinguereber Mosque has stairs that spiral around the complex. The stairs are made of mud brick clay and wooden supports. Its design is accredited to Abu Es Haq es Saheli who was paid 200 kg (40,000 mithqals) of gold by Mansa Kankan Musa, emperor of the Mali Empire. [According to Ibn Khaldun, one of the best known sources for 14th century Mali, says al-Sahili was given 12,000 mithkals of gold dust for his designing and building of the djinguereber in Timbuktu.   Except for a small part of the northern facade, which was reinforced in the 1960s in alhore (limestone blocks, also widely used in the rest of the town), and the minaret, also built in limestone and rendered with mud, the Djingareyber Mosque is made entirely of earth plus organic materials such as fibre, straw and wood. It has three inner courts, two minarets and twenty five rows of pillars aligned in an east-west direction and prayer space for 2,000 people.   Djinguereber is one of three madrassas composing the University of Sankore. It was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988,and in 1990 was considered to be in danger due to sand encroachment. A four year project towards the restoration and rehabilitation of the Mosque began in June, 2006, and is being conducted and financed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.