Above: Friday Mosque, Djenne, Mali - biggest mud building in the world and defining image of West African architecture. Foundations are more than 500 years old, though building has often been rebuilt. Right: mosque, Yebe, Mali. Stick-studded mosques of Niger delta region define the unique aesthetic of Western Sudan. Though wooden posts have practical functions - as scaffold for re-rendering, structural 60 | 1 support, and assisting in expelling moisture from heart of the wall - the most striking impact is visual.

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