Saturday, October 08, 2005

13th Century Larabanga Mosque

Referred to as one of the holiest sites for Muslims in Ghana the Larabanga Mosque was built by the Moors around 1421 with a lot of similarities to the Great Timbuktu Mosque.

Recently restored back to its striking white colour, which had faded over the years over its sun hardened mud render. These mud constructed buildings have shown that mud is equally a durable building material as cement and offers less CO2 emissions than the later, cement.

With sustainable construction and Eco-friendly materials gaining popularity in Europe companies like UMBRA GmbH now lead the pack in providing consultancy in the field knowledge and techniques of earthen architecture.

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