Askia tomb

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Askia tomb
UNESCO world heritage UNESCO World Heritage Emblem

National territory: MaliMali Mali
Type: Culture
Criteria : ii, iii, iv
Surface: 4.24 hectares
Reference No .: 1139
UNESCO region : Africa
History of enrollment
Enrollment: 2004  (session 28)
Red list : since 2012

The Tomb of Askia is in Gao in Mali . It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004 .

It is believed to be the tomb of Mohammed I Touré , the first king of the Songhairian Empire and was built at the end of the 15th century.

It is considered to be the best example of a traditional monumental building made of mud brick in the West African Sahel .

The complex consists of the actual tomb pyramid, two mosques, a cemetery and a meeting place. At 17 meters high, it is the largest pre-colonial structure in the region. It is the first example of the Islamic architectural style that later influenced the region.

Due to looting and vandalism as a result of armed conflict in the region, UNESCO has put this structure on the Red List of World Heritage in Danger .

Web links

Commons : Tomb of Askia  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Entry on the UNESCO World Heritage Center website ( English and French ).

Individual evidence

  1. Entry on the threat to the world heritage on the UNESCO website

Coordinates: 16 ° 17 ′ 23 "  N , 0 ° 2 ′ 40"  W.