Bandiagara Escarpment World Heritage Site

Escarpment in Dogon country of Mali

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Bandiagara Escarpment
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The Bandiagara Escarpment from Banimoto
LocationMopti Region, Mali
Established1985
Official nameLa Falaise de Bandiagara
Part ofCliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)
CriteriaCultural and Natural: (v), (vii)
Reference516
Inscription1989 (13th session)
Area326,950 ha (1,262.4 sq mi)
Coordinates14°20′N 3°25′W / 14.333°N 3.417°W / 14.333; -3.417Coordinates: 14°20′N 3°25′W / 14.333°N 3.417°W / 14.333; -3.417
Bandiagara Escarpment is located in Mali
Bandiagara Escarpment
Location of Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali

The Bandiagara Escarpment is an escarpment in the Dogon country of Mali. The sandstone cliff rises about 500 meters above the lower sandy flats to the south. It has a length of approximately 150 kilometers.

The area of the escarpment is inhabited today by the Dogon people. Before the Dogon, the escarpment was inhabited by the Tellem and Toloy peoples. Many structures remain from the Tellem. The Bandiagara Escarpment was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1989.

The Cliffs of Bandiagara are a sandstone chain ranging from south to northeast over 200 km and extending to the Grandamia massif. The end of the massif is marked by the Hombori Tondo, Mali's highest peak at 1,155 meters. Because of its archaeological, ethnological and geological characteristics, the entire site is one of the most imposing in West Africa.


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