The Blue doors of Agadez

On a voyage to Agadez in the Niger Republic for the Bianou festival, I met with a beauty anyone who loves colors should behold.

Amidst this arid and semi-arid region characterized by a severe lack of water and low precipitation, were these amazing Adobe buildings. Adobe is a building material made from earth and organic materials but in the case of Agadez, it was made from a mix of mud and other materials. It is among the earliest building materials and is used throughout the world.

This old city of Agadez gives every tourist a sense of being in a historic town of great integrity.

These edifices had this brightly painted blue doors which gave them off as a very pleasing attraction. The blue doors and windows symbolized water while the brown mud houses symbolized the Sahara.

Bianou festival is an ancient religious ceremony celebrated every year in the city of Agadez, Niger Republic. Each year, the event brings forth three weeks of carnival-like festivities with the aim to promote local, regional, and national traditions. The period of this celebration is considered to be one of the most exciting times of the year in the town.

The rich cultural heritage and history of the people of Agadez are well preserved by the United Nation Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This story was contributed by Mubarak Muhammed, aka Moha. He can be reached via Instagram .