Ghana: an enchanting journey to discover a 700-year-old mosque

It is an enchanting journey to the land of Islam, filled with fascinating historical discoveries, like the one that invites you to go back in time on the road to the most picturesque and emblematic mosques.

In Ghana, if the walls of the Larabanga mosque, the oldest in the country and one of the first to be built in West Africa, could speak, they would undoubtedly provide valuable information on the long and rich history from this lighthouse of Islam like no other, which rose to the firmament in the fourteenth century.

Nicknamed “the Mecca of West Africa”, the 700-year-old Larabanga Mosque, entirely made up of mud and reeds, stands out for its Sudanese architectural style, but also for its extraordinary capacity to cross the centuries in standing proudly and withstanding the sometimes-overwhelming heat. Mud preserving the freshness of its sacred enclosure.

Flanked by two towers recognizable by their pyramidal shape, one for the Mihrab indicating the direction of Mecca, the other being a minaret from which rises every day the call to prayer, this jewel of the Islamic heritage possesses also four doors: the first of which the access is reserved to the chief of the village, the second to the men, the third to the women, and the last one by which between the muezzin.

Here are some shots taken by IlmFeed Travel, last October 30th

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