Monday, 30 January 2017

Mali: Djenné

On Friday I got my first postcard from Mali.

Mali is a country in West Africa bordering on Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and Mauritania. The country became independent from France in 1960. Bamako is the country's capital. In 2012 an armed conflict broke out in northern Mali, in which Tuareg rebels declared the secession of a new state, Azawad.

The card shows one of the adobe buildings of Djenné. Djenné was once an important station of the trans-Saharan trade and a centre of Islamic scholarship. Since 1988 are the Old Towns of Djenné on the UNESCO World Heritage List, but since 2016 they are also on the List of World Heritage in Danger.


Stamps:
Timbuktu Manuscripts (issued 2015)
The Timbuktu Manuscripts are a large number of historically important manuscripts about art, medicine, philosophy, religion and science that have been preserved for centuries in private households in Timbuktu.


Thank You very much Mike!

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