The most common building material in the world is not wood but mud, especially in Africa, where trees are scarce in many areas.
The largest mud building in the world today is the Great Mosque of Djenné, an Islamic temple, in Djenne, Mali, in western Africa.
Built in 1907 in one of Africa’s oldest cities, the mosque must be replastered with mud every spring.
The mosque is considered by many architects to be the greatest achievement of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style.
The Great Mosque of Djenné is one of the most famous landmarks in Africa, and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.