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The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Yamoussoukro

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Listed by the "Guinness Book of Records" as the world's largest church, The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace covers an area of 30,000 sq m (322,917 sq ft). Though only a third of the population of Cote d'Ivoire is Christian, this basilica has enough space to accommodate 18,000 worshippers. President Felix Houphouet-Boigny built this structure between 1983 and 1989 as a monument to himself, commissioning a stained glass window with his portrait on it as the centerpiece of the basilica. Though the attraction has become a controversial symbol of extravagance, it remains the main house of worship for Catholics here. Plan your visit to The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Yamoussoukro holiday builder site.
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  • Try to visit in cooler weather . Really enjoyed my 2 hour stay there . A day trip from Abidjan is recommended 
    Try to visit in cooler weather . Really enjoyed my 2 hour stay there . A day trip from Abidjan is recommended  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this structure. Tucked away in a town that is hardly looked after, this gem is worth seeing. The features and the details show that a lot of resources went into building....  more
    I was pleasantly surprised by this structure. Tucked away in a town that is hardly looked after, this gem is worth seeing. The features and the details show that a lot of resources went into building....  more »
  • We reached there around 11 am last Sunday when the Sunday Mass was on. This gave us an opportunity to experience the basilica while there was a mass going on & enjoy the choir & the lovely acoustics.....  more
    We reached there around 11 am last Sunday when the Sunday Mass was on. This gave us an opportunity to experience the basilica while there was a mass going on & enjoy the choir & the lovely acoustics.....  more »
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  • Was on my bucket list and I finally got to visit this magnificent edifice and solemn place of worship. The sheer creativity and brilliance that went into the construction of the largest church in the world is in itself a wonder. The size is enormous and the views are breathtaking. I suggest a visit any time you travel to Ivory Coast and have a day to spare. It’s a couple of hours drive from Abidjan.
  • Amazing! This is a modern day marvel and architectural triumph. If you are in Ivory Coast, this is a must-see. As long as you can suppress any questions about where the money came from that built this, you will enjoy your visit 100%...
  • Beautiful cathedral. Nice story behind its construction. They have English as well as French guides to show you around and explain everything. There were long lines to register to get in on the day that I visited and then long lines again at the ticket office. Spent 90 minutes on lines, so give yourself plenty of time. Alternatively, visit when there is a service and entry is free with no lining up.
  • One of the most astonishing buildings I have ever visited, great architecture, design, views, friendly staff full of history that describes also the decisions taken by the first president of Ivory Coast and the nation
  • As a non ivorian I was charge 2000fcfa , for entrance to the facility , you pay at the counter and issue a receipt, there is a tour guide on site both English and French speaking guide to give you the run down of the history of how the architecture built the church and how long it took to built it . Tour guide fee is not fixed so you give according to your initiative , reasonably .if you didn't drive there , there are taxis going up and down the village so you will definitely get one out of there.

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