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Fun Facts About Mali

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2011 at 06:04:58 :: Mali

Mali, officially the Republic of Mali (French: République du Mali), is a landlocked country in Western Africa. Mali borders Algeria on the north, Niger on the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d'Ivoire on the south, Guinea on the south-west, and Senegal and Mauritania on the west. Its size is just over 1,240,000 km² with a population of 14.5 million. Its capital is Bamako. Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara, while the country's southern region, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Sénégal rivers. The country's economic structure centers around agriculture and fishing. Some of Mali's natural resources include gold, uranium, and salt.

Children on boats on the Niger river, Diafarabe, Mali


Fun Facts About Mali:

- Mali has four World Heritage Sites: Old Towns of Djenné, Timbuktu, Cliff of Bandiaga and Tomb of Askia.

- On the economic side, Mali is one of the Continent's leading cotton producers; cotton is a key export.

- Mali is home to Souleymane Cisse, a well-known film director in West Africa.

- Mali became an independent nation in 1960 (from France).

- French is the official language but African languages, such as Bambara and Songhai, are widely spoken in Mali.

- The Niger River is called "The Lifeline of Mali" because it is the most valuable resource which thrives in fish, and its water is used for irrigation. Mineral resources include gold, salt, phosphate rock, iron ore, diamonds, and uranium.

Vases factory along the Niger river in Mopti, Mopti Cercle, Mopti Region, Mali


- Mali has few mountains. Hombori Tondo is Mali's highest point. It rises 1,155 metres above sea level.

- An estimated 90% of Malians are Muslim (mostly Sunni and Sufi), approximately 5% are Christian (about two-thirds Roman Catholic and one-third Protestant) and the remaining 5% adhere to indigenous or traditional animist beliefs.

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(Sources: Wikipedia, Funtrivia.com)
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Africa in Photos

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 10, 2006 at 12:09:59 :: Mali

Many new photos of Africa have been added to Landolia this week, among them, this beautiful photo of the Grand Mosque of Djenne in Mali:

Grand Mosque of Djenne, Mali


But see also the other photos from Benin, Togo, Tanzania and more.

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Mosque of Djenne, Mali

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 10, 2006 at 19:38:54

Great Mosque of DjennePhoto of the week:
Grand Mosque of Djenne, Mali

Africa - Mali - Timbuktu - Mosque of Djenne


We have started to add pictures of Africa. Thank you to Oko for providing us with so many photos after his 2 year trip in this huge and wonderful continent. Have a look at the Dogon country in Mali.

UNESCO World Heritage

Mali, Timbuktu

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 23, 2012 at 06:36:29

Location Circle and Region of Tombouctou, Mali
Coordinates N16 46 24 W2 59 58
Date of Inscription 1988

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/119 )

Home of the prestigious Koranic Sankore University and other madrasas, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall Timbuktu's golden age. Although continuously restored, these monuments are today under threat from desertification.

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Sankore Madrasah

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Mali, Tomb of Askia

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 18, 2009 at 13:10:07

Location Gao, Mali
Coordinates N16 17 23.27 W0 02 40.41
Type Cultural
Property 4.24 ha
Date of Inscription 2004

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1139 )

The dramatic 17-m pyramidal structure of the Tomb of Askia was built by Askia Mohamed, the Emperor of Songhai, in 1495 in his capital Gao. It bears testimony to the power and riches of the empire that flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries through its control of the trans-Saharan trade, notably in salt and gold. It is also a fine example of the monumental mud-building traditions of the West African Sahel. The complex, including the pyramidal tomb, two flat-roofed mosque buildings, the mosque cemetery and the open-air assembly ground, was built when Gao became the capital of the Songhai Empire and after Askia Mohamed had returned from Mecca and made Islam the official religion of the empire.

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Tomb of Askia

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Mali, Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 18, 2009 at 12:37:18

Location Bandiagara Circle, Mopti Region, Mali
Coordinates N14 20 00 W3 25 00
Type Mixed
Property 400000 ha
Date of Inscription 1989

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/516 )

The Bandiagara site is an outstanding landscape of cliffs and sandy plateaux with some beautiful architecture (houses, granaries, altars, sanctuaries and Togu Na, or communal meeting-places). Several age-old social traditions live on in the region (masks, feasts, rituals, and ceremonies involving ancestor worship). The geological, archaeological and ethnological interest, together with the landscape, make the Bandiagara plateau one of West Africa's most impressive sites.

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Cliff of Bandiagara

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Mali, Old Towns of Djenné

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 18, 2009 at 12:22:50

Location Djenné, Djenné Circle, Region of Mopti, Mali
Coordinates N13 54 23 W4 33 18
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1988

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/116 )

Inhabited since 250 B.C., Djenné became a market centre and an important link in the trans-Saharan gold trade. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was one of the centres for the propagation of Islam. Its traditional houses, of which nearly 2,000 have survived, are built on hillocks (toguere) as protection from the seasonal floods.

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Great Mosque of Djenne

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