Tourism has remained a flourishing industry in the city of Agadez in Niger despite the pockets of violence that were previously recorded in the area.
Nomadic tribes continue to act as tour guides in the small mud-brick desert town as visitors still troop to the area to be mesmerized by its beauty.
At the moment, one of the dominating structures in Agadez is the Agadez Mosque, which has served as the gathering place for prayers for centuries.
Currently the tallest mud-brick structure in the world due to its minaret being some 27 meters (89 feet) tall, the mosque was built in 1515 during the era of the Songhai Empire and was restored in 1844.
The Tuaregs who built it used simple local materials like straw, mud and peddles which were dried in the sun.
Interestingly, this construction technique is similar to what was used for structures in Timbuktu. Note that the Tuaregs had frequented Timbuktu “to learn and develop even better the architectural techniques.”
Locals do not only worship at the Agadez mosque as the building also serves as a lighthouse, helping people to get around the city.
Described as the “beacon of the long-running history of the city,” most tourists will tell you that a trip to Agadez is not complete without visiting the grand mosque that offers everyone that amazing view from the roof.
Take a look at some stunning photos of the unique mosque below: