A city of magicians and scholars, and the older sister city of Timbuktu, Djenne’s reputation as Mali’s most beautiful city is well justified. Its main mosque is the largest clay structure in the world and was chosen for UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Despite this recognition, many of the city’s other clay structures are rapidly disintegrating due to neglect. The inhabitants are now looking to replace the older buildings with concrete and the ancient art of Occidental Saharan architecture is slowly disappearing.