Great Mosque of Touba
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Great Mosque of Touba
Great Mosque of Touba
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The central Mosque of the Mouride sufi order at Touba, Senegal.
Basic information
Location Touba, Senegal
Geographic coordinates 14°51?47.2?N 15°52?31.7?W / 14.863111°N 15.875472°W / 14.863111; -15.875472Coordinates: 14°51?47.2?N 15°52?31.7?W / 14.863111°N 15.875472°W / 14.863111; -15.875472
Affiliation

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Municipality Touba
Territory West Africa
State Senegal
Province Mbacké
Region Diourbel
Status Mosque
Leadership Amadou Bamba clan
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic Architecture
Capacity 7,000

The Great Mosque of Touba (French: Grande Mosquée de Touba) is a mosque in Touba, Senegal. It was founded by Amadou Bamba in 1887 and completed in 1963. Bamba died in 1927 and is interred inside the mosque.[3] Since his death the mosque is being controlled by his family. It is the largest building in the city and one of the largest mosques in Africa, with a capacity of 7,000.[3] It is the site of a pilgrimage, the Grand Magal of Touba.

Interior of the Great Mosque

It is the home of the Mouride Brotherhood, a Sufi order.

Design

The mosque has five minarets and three large domes. The central minaret is 87-metre (285 ft) tall, and is called Lamp Fall after Sheikh Ibrahima Fall, one of the most influential disciples of the mosque's founder Bamba.

The immediate vicinity of the mosque houses the mausoleum of Amadou Bamba's sons, the caliphs of the Mouride order. Other important institutions in the center of the holy city include a library, the Caliph's official audience hall, a sacred "Well of Mercy", and a cemetery.

Burial

Amadou Bamba is buried inside the mosque.

References

External links

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