Yamma Mosque

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The Yaama Mosque is a mosque built in the indigenous Sudano-Sahelian architectural style, constructed in 1962 in Yaama, a village in the semi-desert region of Niger. Niger is a landlocked sub-Saharan country in West Africa.

Even after more than 60 years of French colonization that ended in 1960, the area is remarkably untouched by outside influence. Thus, when the village decided to build a Friday mosque in which everyone could gather for prayers, they chose to use traditional methods. This structure was constructed of mud bricks and later modifications included the construction of a central dome surrounded by four corner towers.[1] Every villager made a contribution;[1] from the landowner who donated the site, to the people who made mud bricks, carried water, gathered wood,etc.

This mosque was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1986.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c ArchNet. "Yaama Mosque". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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Coordinates: 14°22′12″N 5°30′03″E / 14.37000°N 5.50083°E / 14.37000; 5.50083