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Sankore Mosque Timbuktu

Sankore Mosque Timbuktu

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Delve into a crafting adventure with our paper model kit and recreate the ancient architectural marvel of Sankore Mosque from Timbuktu. This intermediate-level kit invites you to explore the early 14th century design noted for its large pyramidal mihrab, offering a blend of historical discovery and crafting challenge.

  • Scale: 1:150, with assembled dimensions of 10 x 8.7 x 4 inches
  • Assembly Time: Estimated at 4-6 hours, advised across multiple sittings
  • Material: Durable, sustainably sourced card; gold colour with metallic sheen, actual colours may vary slightly due to monitor and browser differences, light reflection on pearlescent paper, and material availability
  • Features: 253 pieces to cut out; set-up diagrams included for guided assembly, ensuring a structured crafting journey from start to finish.
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PRINTED KIT - CUT, FOLD, GLUE! This model comes unassembled, delivered flat-packed in a large envelope.

What's inside? 8 sturdy A4 size paper sheets with cutting and scoring lines printed on. You will need to cut, score, fold and glue the parts in order to assemble the model according to the set-up instructions which come with the kit.

Things which are not included, but you'll need in order to assemble the model: time & patience, a hobby knife, a ruler, a cutting mat or hard surface to work on, white glue (PVA).

Some other things might be helpful: a pointed stylus, tweezers and scissors.


  • SCALE - 1:150
  • DIMENSIONS (when assembled) - 10 ⋅ 8.7 ⋅ 4 inches / 26 ⋅ 22 ⋅ 10 cm
  • COLOUR - gold with metallic shine
  • MADE FROM - sturdy card from sustainable sources 
  • LEVEL - intermediate
  • ASSEMBLY TIME - at least 4-6 hours
  • KIT CONTENTS - 8 printed sheets, set-up instructions


This model will require more than one sitting to build it. We advise to pause between different stages as you work, especially when you come to gluing. The white glue softens the paper and it may lead to misshapen parts if you do not allow them to dry well before proceeding further with assembling. Click here to watch our paper model building tips.

Give yourself enough time to enjoy the process and achieve the best result!


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  • Paper model kits and pop-up cards: Dispatched within 1-3 working days
  • Assembled paper models, personalised items: Dispatched within up to 10 working days

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  • Domestic (Mainland UK): 1-3 working days
  • Europe: 3-5 working days
  • USA and Canada: 5-7 working days
  • Rest of the world: 7-14 working days
  • International Express: 2-4 working days

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The Sankore Mosque, located in Timbuktu, Mali, is a significant historical and architectural landmark, emblematic of the Islamic Golden Age in Africa. It was established in the early 15th century, although some sources suggest that a smaller mosque existed on the site as early as the 13th century. The mosque is named after the prestigious Sankore University, which was part of the mosque complex and a renowned center of Islamic learning and scholarship in Africa.

Reflective of the distinctive Sudano-Sahelian architectural style, the Sankore Mosque is constructed primarily from mud bricks, limestone, and wood. The mosque's most striking features are its pyramid-like minarets covered with wooden sticks called "toron," which also serve as scaffolding for maintenance. The building, with its protruding wooden beams and large, conical towers, is a classic example of the traditional mud-built architecture found in West Africa.

The Sankore Mosque was more than just a place of worship; it was at the heart of Sankore University. This institution played a crucial role in the spread knowledge throughout Africa, with scholars and students coming from various parts of the continent.

The mosque, along with the Djinguereber and Sidi Yahya mosques, forms part of the "University of Timbuktu." This trio of mosques has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, representing the golden age of Timbuktu as an intellectual and spiritual capital in the 15th and 16th centuries, influencing both Islam and higher education throughout Africa.

Like many ancient mud-structure buildings, the Sankore Mosque requires regular maintenance to combat erosion caused by weather and time. Efforts have been made to preserve its original design and structure, recognizing its significance as a symbol of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Timbuktu.