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Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city of the country, with a population of 521.000 inhabitants. The name of the city means: "Dioula speaking Bobo" which is the dominant ethnic group in the region. Dioula is a derivative of Bamana, a dominant language of neighboring Mali. Bobo was founded as Sya in the 15th century and is lying on both sides of the Houet river, which also gives the name to the province. The city is well-positioned, at a few hours drive from the capital, Ouagadougou and from Ivory Coast and Mali. Has also a railway station and is well-connected to Ouaga and Ivory Coast by rail. The city is surrounded by an agricultural region known as the "bread basket" for the entire country.
The most interesting sight of Bobo is the Grande Mosquée. Built in 1893, is the third largest mosque in the world, built in this Sahelian (or Sudanese)dried mud-brick style.

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