Ségou (Seku, Segu) is a town and an urban commune in south-central Mali
that lies 235 kilometres (146 mi) northeast of Bamako on the River Niger
. The town is the capital of the Ségou Cercle and the Ségou Region.It is the fifth-largest town in Mali.The village of Ségou-Koro, 10 km upstream of the present town, was established in the 17th century and became the capital of the Bambara Empire.
Ségou has two architectural styles: French Colonial and traditional Sudanese and neo-Sudanese. The Sudanese style influenced public building and important residences. Monuments and great mosques are also built according to this style. Many of Sudano-Sahelian's kings built imposing palaces in the cities over which they ruled and most of these buildings are in red clay. The materials used for building are generally quite poor and many of the buildings need to be restored to maintain their state.