Sidi Yahia Mosque
Built during the first half of the fifteenth century, either under the leadership of a Timbuktu Mukhtar named Hamallah around 1400, or between 1440 and 1450 under Tuareg leadership by Mohammad Naddi. It is said to be named for the man that Naddi named as its Imam, Sidi Yahya-ed-Tadelsi, who was later venerated as a local saint. The mosque consists of a covered prayer hall supported by three colonnades oriented north to south. At least two of the mosque's three internal courtyards became cemetaries for later imams and important local religious figures, which made the mosque a significant destination for Muslims in the region. Ornate wooden doors, partially visible in the image to the left, fill its trio of arched openings.