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Located in the Northern region 120km south west of Tamale and 6km from Mole National Park, the 13th century Larabanga mosque is one of the oldest mosques in West Africa and is the oldest mosque in Ghana. It is believed to be first built by Moorish Traders and is one of the holiest sites in Ghana. Each year the mosque must be renovated due to damage to the mud walls, during the rainy season. The mosque is a small mud building that was construced with the aid of sticks that poke from the exterior. It is painted white each year by the town's residents. To finance every year's renovation, apart the money of the country's government, the residents collect also donations of the visitors. Only Muslim visitors are allowed to enter the mosque.
When I visited it, I was very lucky because the renovation was nearly finished and there were only some sticks to be painted.
The just renovated briliant white, small mosque reminded me an outstanding jewel box, in the middle of a village of red-mudded houses.

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