The twin villages of Joal and Fadiout (Fadiouth) are 110 km south of Dakar. Joal, on the mainland, was the birthplace of poet and first Senegalese president Léopold Sédar Senghor. A long wooden bridge connects Joal to Fadiout, which is built entirely of cockle shells. The people of Fadiout are proud of their heritage of religious tolerance. A large Roman Catholic church is located near the mosque, and the Christian and Moslem cemetaries, also entirely constructed of shells, share an island offshore.
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