Heritage

Larabanga: The oldest Mosque – Ghana

Larabanga Mosque is purported to be the oldest and most revered mosque of its kind in Ghana, and one of the oldest in West Africa. It has been referred to as the “Mecca of West Africa”.

Located in the tiny Muslim village of Larabanga, just 4km from Mole National Park, it is most famous for its striking Sudanese-style mud-and-reeds mosque,  and easily recognised by its horizontal timbers, which support two tall pyramidal towers, one for the mihrab which faces towards Mecca forming the facade on the east and the other as a minaret in the northeast corner. These are buttressed by twelve bulbous shaped structures, which are fitted with timber elements.

It has been restorated several times since it was founded in 1421 (17th century according to some). The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has contributed substantially to its restoration, and lists it as one of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. The restoration works have revived the knowledge of mud-plaster maintenance.

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