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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 »
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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%...

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