6 interesting facts you should know about Gobarau Minaret, the oldest Mosque in africa
Gobarau Minaret is believed to be one of the oldest historical monuments in Africa.
Below are the six interesting facts you should know about Gobaru Minarate:
1. It was built in 1348 during the reign of Muhammad Korau (1348 – 1398). Korau was believed to be the first Muslim ruler of Katsina. After accepting Islam, he declared it as the official state religion.
2. The historical edifice was believed to have been built by local craftsmen using sun baked clay and mud. The minaret is about 3 story building.
3. Due to previous poor maintenance, it is now occupied mainly by birds and lizards.
4. From the top Gobarau Minaret, one will see the Emir’s palace, which is about 3 kilometres away.
5. After its construction, it served as a mosque and a learning centre. It is now a national monument and a tourist attraction centre.
6. A renovation work was launched under the immediate past governor, Ibrahim Shema. The second phase was scheduled to continue after the recent 2015 general election. Unfortunately, the work is now halted.