Mogadishu: Images from the Past

“Chiesa del Sacro Cuore” (Church of the Sacred Heart)

Posted in 1950s, Churches by rickjdavies on 8 November, 2014

ChurchDestroyed during the civil war, in the early 1990s. Now a squatter area.

Location as seen on Google Maps

 

“Contrattazioni” (bargaining)

Posted in 1950s, Markets by rickjdavies on 8 November, 2014

Market sceneLocation unknown. Any ideas?

Street scene in Mogadishu

Posted in Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

crowd in street

Location and date unknown. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment below

Hand weavers of Mogadishu cloth

Posted in People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

weavers

Possibly in Xamar Weyne, where weaving like this continued until the 1980s

Traditionally done by the slave section of the Xamar population, known as (h)abash or adoon

The text below is from “The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture” By Heather Marie Akou, 2011

weavers text

See also an engraving of a similar scene from the 1880s, here.

Street scene in Xamar Weyne

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

alleyUntitled but taken in Xamar Weyne, possibly dated 2/3/1914

“Mogadiscio – Il mercato”

Posted in 1950s, Markets, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 5 November, 2014

Il mercatoWhere was this photo taken? I think it is somewhere near the gold market (the arches in the distance?), but I am not sure. Leave a comment if you can help

“Mogadiscio – Mercato del grano”

Posted in 1930s, Markets by rickjdavies on 2 November, 2014

Scan

“Tipi e costumi”

Posted in 1930s, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 29 October, 2014

Tipi

“Bimbi”

Posted in 1930s, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 29 October, 2014

Bimbi

“Venditori di dura”

Posted in 1950s, Markets by rickjdavies on 29 October, 2014

Scan3

 

2nd World War period – British occupation

Posted in 1940s, Govt buildings, Mosques, Wells by rickjdavies on 14 August, 2014

Scan4Text on back says “Late Fascist Headquarters. Now Troop Headquarters, Mogadishu”

Lat and Long: 2°02’18.9″N 45°20’29.6″E
2.038593, 45.341569

This became the home of the Parliament, post independence. What was its use before then?

Scan6Text on back says “Another view of the Mosque, Mogadishu. From further up the beach”

Where is this?

Scan5Text on the back says “A well on the outskirts of Mogadishu”

Is this Mosque Sheik Sufi in the background? Your comments below please?

Scan2Text on the back says “Mosque on the seashore, Mogadishu”

Where is this? Leave your comments below

ScanText on the back says “Another view of the high school in the centre of the town, Mogadishu”

Where is this exactly?

Jama mosque, circa 1880

Posted in 1800 - 1900, Mosques by rickjdavies on 8 January, 2014

jamaFrom “Voyage Chez Les Benadirs, Les Comalis et les Bayouns, par M.G. Revoil en 1882 et 1883″
Published in Le Tour du Monde. Noveau Journal des Voyages. XLIX, 1255 Liv, page 61

Location in Xamar Weyne, courtesy of Google Maps. Minara is visible within the red circle

jama aerialLat and Long: 2°01’56.8″N 45°20’31.6″E
2.032442, 45.342114

Cabdul Aziz mosque, circa 1880

Posted in 1800 - 1900, Mosques by rickjdavies on 5 January, 2014

AAmosqueFrom “Voyage Chez Les Benadirs, Les Comalis et les Bayouns, par M.G. Revoil en 1882 et 1883″
Published in Le Tour du Monde. Noveau Journal des Voyages. XLIX, 1254 Liv, page 46

Revoil and his colleague are in this scene, wearing turbans, located to the left of the camera on the tripod

Location as shown by Google Maps. Given the location of mosque relative to minara, it seems that the above drawing was based on a location to the south east of the minara

AAmosqueGoogle

 Lat and Long: 2°02’13.3″N 45°21’12.3″E

2.037035, 45.353426

Alas, it is no more, after being damaged by fighting between Al Shabab and OAU forces a few years ago, and then in 2013 demolished by order of the current government, with a promise of being “rebuilt” by Turkey

Here are some photos of inscriptions inside of the adjacent mosque (also damaged during the fighting), taken by Mary Harper before its demolition

AAmosqueDamaged3c

Located at the back of the mihrab?

AAmosqueDamaged3bOld inscription or simply recent text written in chalk?

  Location unknown…any ideas?

Fakhr al-Din mosque, circa 1882

Posted in 1800 - 1900, Mosques, Themes by rickjdavies on 5 January, 2014

FADINFrom “Voyage Chez Les Benadirs, Les Comalis et les Bayouns, par M.G. Revoil en 1882 et 1883”
Published in Le Tour du Monde. Noveau Journal des Voyages. XLIX, 1255 Liv, page 51

More engravings from the same source:

FADIN2b

FADIN3b

FADIN4b

FADIN5b

For more information about the marbles, see

Lambourn, E.(1999) ‘The decoration of the Fakhr al-Dīn mosque in Mogadishu and other pieces of Gujarati marble carving on the East African coast‘, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 34: 1, 61 — 86 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/00672709909511472 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00672709909511472. The first paragraph, showb below, suggests that the marbles shown above may not longer be in place:

textThe following photos are included in the above paper

plate 1

plate 2

plate 3Is this four layered inscription above the arch the same as marble incriptions  photographed by Revoil and shown above (but in the proper vertical order)?

“Mogadiscio – Mercato Amaruin”

Posted in 1950s, Markets by rickjdavies on 11 May, 2013

Scan May 11Meaning “Xamar Weyne market”. Location of the gold market in the 1980s

“La via principale di Mogadiscio”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 26 April, 2013

The main streetClick on photo to enlarge

“The main street of Mogadishu”, circa 190 (from an Italian magazine). Where is this scene? Leave your comment below

“Mogadiscio – interno della moschea Giama”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Religion by rickjdavies on 26 April, 2013

Inside Giama MosqueClick on photo to enlarge

“Mogadishu – Interior of the Giama mosque”, circa 1901 (from an Italian magazine). Any comments?

Giama mosque textFrom page 15 of “Mogadishu: Pearl of the Indian Ocean” (pdf copy here)

“Autorita indigene di Mogadiscio”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, People by rickjdavies on 26 April, 2013

Indigenous authorities 1901Click on photo to enlarge

Indigenous authorities of Mogadishu”, circa 1901 (from an Italian magazine). Who are the people shown here and where was the photo taken? Leave your comment below.

“Mercato di Mogadiscio”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Markets by rickjdavies on 26 April, 2013

Mercato di Mogadiscio 1901Click on photo to enlarge

“Market of Mogadishu” circa 1901 (from an Italian magazine) Possibly the Garessa on the left and Shangani in the middle distance. What do you think? Leave your comment.

“Mogadiscio – Viale Cerrina”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Govt buildings, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 April, 2013

Viuale CerrinaClick on photo to enlarge

Viale Cerrina, later named Via Vittorio Emmanuel, then Via Somalia (I think). Leave your comment below

Fakhr al-Din mosque visible in the centre

FaD mosque textFrom page 15 of “Mogadishu: Pearl of the Indian Ocean” (pdf copy here)

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