The Geat Mosque of Djennè, the largest building in the world in adobe. Region of Mopti, Mali 1989

The name Mali means “the place where the king lives. Inhabited since 250 B.C., became a market centre and an important link in the trans-Saharan gold trade.

During its golden age, there was a flourishing of mathematics, astronomy, literature, and art. From its peak in 1300, Mali has been distinguished by its impressive mud-based architecture. The old town of Djennè and the Dogon’s cliff of Bandiagara, had been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.