ONCE HE DECIDED TO STAY IN MALI, THE MANSA BEGAN TO FOCUS MUCH OF HIS ENERGY ON THE PROJECTS HE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT EVER SINCE TALKING WITH THE SCHOLARS IN MECCA. Still other plans grew out of the impact Cairo had made on him. One of the first projects he carried out was to commission the moor to build more mosques and several new palaces. Each newly-completed building became another exciting example of the Malian style of architecture he had first introduced in Goa. The Royal Palace the Moor built in Timbuktu, for example, was a large, Square cornered, Stone structure, quite unlike the rounded clay buildings Mali's people were used to seeing. It had an airy porch, a soaring cupola, and plaster walls that were decorated with intricate designs painted in flaming colors. Both Tourists and townspeople came to see it, admire it style, and enjoy its colorful frescoes. During these years, the Mansa became an increasingly Ardent patron of the sciences and the Arts, Islamic religious studies, history and the law. In Timbuktu alone, where he founded the University of sankore, he supported, very handsomely, many of the scholars, judges, doctors, clerics, and other learned men who gathered there to teach and study. As the university grew, so did the profits of the Cities book Traders. By the time the University of sankore was well-established, timbuktu's book Traders were more making larger profits than any of the Cities other Merchants, even those trading and ivory, copper or gold! In addition to purchasing books, the university Scholars wrote a great many books: histories and biographies, collections of poetry, books of science and medicine, and countless volumes of both legal and religious essays. Some of the work is still being read in koranic schools today.
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