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Mosque and market

Situated 354 km (220 miles) southwest of Timbuktu on the floodplains of the Bani and Niger rivers, Old Djenne is thought to be the oldest known city in Sub-Saharan Africa. Situated along the ancient trans-Sahara trading routes, by the 16th century Djenne had developed into an important settlement in the region and a centre for Islamic learning. Completed in 1907 to replace an earlier mosque, the famous Djenne Mosque (also known at the Grand Mosque) dominates the old town.