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BCEAO Tower

BCEAO Tower
The BCEAO Tower in Bamako, Mali, at 20 storys is the tallest building in the West African nation. It sits of the north bank of the River Niger in the city centre of Bamako. Classified as Neo-Sudanic architecture, it is modeled on the Sudano-Sahelian architecture of the famous Mosques of Djenne and Timbuctu. The building, a dull orange in color, matching the traditional Banco architecture of West Africa, as well as that of the soil in the surrounding area. Its tapered shape resembles a termite hill from a distance. It's distinctive "horns" or "bat ears" on the top of the building and its deeply incised vertically variegated façade are typical decorative elements of Sahelian architecture, found on buildings such as the Great Mosque of Djenne, and strongly resembling the 1923 Bamako Market building. The BCEAO Tower is the Malian headquarters of the Central Bank of West African States, which provides development banking and government financial and currency services in several Francophone West African nations. The building is located in the busy Commune III neighborhood, where "Avenue Moussa Tavele" meets the waterside boulevard between the two main Bamako bridges: King Fahd Bridge a block west and Martyrs Bridge three blocks east. Just to the east of the BCEAO complex, a park and formal garden marks where the diagonally running "Boulevard du Peuple" reaches the river. By contrast, small market gardens and launching points or river canoes lie along the river front. With the Hotel de l'Amitié and the Grande Mosquée, the BCEAO Tower is one of three landmarks visible across most of the city.