Things to see
|Tragically, the famous shrines of Timbuktu and the Muhave have been largely destroyed by a radical Islamist group during their occupation of Timbuktu. The first round of destruction was carried out around June-July 2012 article and shortly after plans for the AU intervention were approved, they vowed to destroy every remaining mausoleum, shrine, & "blasphemous" (in their view) icon News. The tomb of Askia in Gao has also reportedly been destroyed. There is talk of rebuilding these sites after the rebels have been routed, but for now what is—arguably—Mali's greatest attraction lies in ruins. Information found on Wikivoyage, as well as most guides and other publications, may not have been updated since these events took place.|
The Great Mosque The Great Mosque is made completely of mud, was made in 1906, and it has five stories and three towers. Every spring the people replaster the Mosque. Regrettably, entrance to non-Muslims is not allowed. Apparently this prohibition is a consequence of a fashion photo-shoot more than 10 years ago, which was regarded by the locals as "pornographic".