Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso
The Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso is a mosque in Bobo-Dioulasso, Houet Province, Hauts-Bassins Region, Burkina Faso.
At the end of 19th century, the area where the mosque is currently located was under the rule of Kingdom of Sia. At that time, the kingdom was in danger due to the hostility from the Kénédougou Kingdom. Tieba Traoré, the king of Kénédougou Kingdom, mobilized his troops towards the capital of Sia. The King of Sia was desperate to look for assistance to defend his kingdom. He eventually met with a local Islamic religious leader Almamy Sidiki Sanou who was ready to help. In return, Sanou requested King of Sia to construct a mosque. The Kénédougou Kingdom was stopped around 30 km from the capital of Sia, and eventually the Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso was constructed.
The construction of the mosque started in 1812 and completed in 1832. Since then, the mosque had undergone several renovation for enlargement and reparation. In 1983, tin roof was constructed to cover part of the courtyard.
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