LARABANGA MOSQUE - Widely renowned as the Mecca of West Africa, Larabanga Mosque is the oldest mosque in Ghana and is one of the country's most revered religious sites. Located in the Islamic town of Larabanga, the mosque is built in the Sudanic-Sahelian architectural style and is one of only eight mosques in Ghana that is built in this manner. In addition, the Larabanga Mosque is also a pilgrimage site for Ghana's Muslim population. Over the years, the mosque has become immensely popular and is a great historic and religious site that speaks volumes of the Ghanaian heritage. Besides, if you are contemplating as to which place in the Northern Region you should visit, traveling to Larabanga Mosque is worth a visit. According to the legends, it is believed that the Holy Quran descended directly from heaven to the Larabanga mosque, and the Holy book is still kept inside the mosque to this day. However, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Larabanga mosque because of how sacred it is.
Every year, thousands of tourists from around the globe visit to see the gorgeous Larabanga Mosque, which is the reason why it is the most photographed buildings in Ghana. Local residents have adopted the greater responsibility for the regular maintenance as well as upkeep of the mosque, and are also building a community center for accommodating the growing population of tourists and religious congregants. In addition, the WMF, World Monuments Funds, have also contributed significantly to the mosque's restoration. One of the most sought after tourism and holiday destination, travelers who are looking to rev up their spiritual life need not go any farther than Larabanga Mosque.