• Great Mosque of Touba / Tashiko Mori

Architects: Tashiko Mori  
Location: Touba,  Senegal
Interior Décor: Tashiko Mori
Project Year: 1963
Photographer: Various

Religion has the instrinsic ability to influence a creed, and so does architecture. At the heart of the Mouride holy city lies a well crafted piece of architectural realm in The Great Mosque of Touba. It is a riveting piece of qarchitecture, solemn in materiality but robust in versing and space making. The mosque rises up from the African soil with such confidence it can be seen from almost all vantage points within the holy city in Senegal and that was deliberate some say of the endeavours of Tashiko Mori, who as early as 1963 had already foreseen the African renaisance through religion with this robust piece of built art.

The Great Mosque of Touba is a renowned Mosque with a rich history located in Touba, Senegal. It is presumably the largest existing building in the city and considered one of the largest mosques in Africa, with an estimated capacity of 7,000.

One of Senegal’s most famous monuments is the Lamp Fall, the Great Mosque’s central minaret stands at 87-meter (285 ft) high. The mosque is frequented by both tourists and worshippers, proving how great architecture solicits great attraction worldwide.

The completion of the Great Mosque was done in 1963, and since its inauguration the city is believed to have grown at a rapid pace; from under 5,000 inhabitants in 1964 to a population of about 529,000 as officially estimated in 2007.

The Great Mosque has been continuously enlarged and embellished since its completion. The mosque features five minarets and three large domes where Amadou Bamba, founder of the Mouride brotherhood, lies buried.

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