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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Old Towns of Djenné,Mali.




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. The property is characterised by the intensive and remarkable use of earth specifically in its architecture. The outstanding mosque of great monumental and religious value is an example of this.Its traditional houses, of which nearly 2,000 have survived, are built on hillocks (toguere) as protection from the seasonal floods.
Tha beautiful stamps affixed are about The Timbuktu Manuscripts,a collection of medieval manuscripts from the West African imperial period, mostly written and preserved for centuries in Timbuktu and its region.
This rare country card was sent by Mike in Netherlands through his contact in Mali.Greatful to Mike who arranged for a card from Rwanda earlier..
Date of Inscription: 1988
Ref: 116rev

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