Decision : 28 COM 14B.20
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Tomb of Askia)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Inscribes the Tomb of Askia, Mali, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii), and (iv):
Criterion (ii): The Tomb of Askia reflects the way local building traditions in response to Islamic needs absorbed influences from North Africa to create a unique architectural style across the West African Sahel.
Criterion (iii): The Tomb of Askia is an important vestige of the Empire of Songhai, which once dominated the Sahel lands of West Africa and controlled the lucrative trans- Saharan trade.
Criterion (iv): The Tomb of Askia reflects the distinctive architectural tradition of the West African Sahel and in particular exemplifies the way buildings evolve over centuries through regular, traditional, maintenance practices.