A woman in yellow robes, and a child walk past the Sankore mosque, built in the traditional Sahel style, Timbuktu.

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Sankoré Mosque


Timbuktu's three great mosques - all inaccessible to non-Muslims - are nothing much to look at, but serve as reminders of its great past. The youngest of the three, Sankoré Mosque was raised at the turn of the 16th century. It also functioned as a university and an important centre of learning.