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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Old Towns of Djenné

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DATA

Region
Africa
Country
Mali 
Category
Cultural
Name
Old Towns of Djenné
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1988
Keyword
Old City, Registered in 1988, World Heritage in Danger