heavenly sabra

larbanga mosque, ghana. via

grand mosque in bobo-dioulasso, burkina faso. via

mosque of djenne, mali. via

west african or soudanese-style mosques are catching my imagination today. these clay structures, with their tapered minarets and spiky exteriors are all kinds of exciting--they are familiar and otherworldly; welcoming and foreboding. the spikes are wooden stakes called toron and act both as scaffolding and ornamentation.

you can read more about this style of mosque here.

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