Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Yamoussoukro

Listed by the "Guinness Book of Records" as the world's largest church, 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 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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  • Went there for a visit in the week. I had to pay a fee entrance . Then once inside the guide said we could not take pics inside . Just outside. Stupid as if you come on Sunday for the mass , you do no...  more »
  • The size of this lost Basilica in the middle of the country is impressive. The height of the dome and the beauty of the stained glass are breathtaking. The lifts concealed in the columns were broken but climbing the some 200 steps to reach the roof terrace was worth it for the breathtaking view and to discover the Interior of the Basilica seen from above! The visit is unavoidable if you are visiting Yamoussoukro.
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  • It is perhaps the most extraordinary site in Yamoussoukro. This masterpiece of architecture is considered by many people, not only the largest but also the most beautiful basilica in the world. The interior is explendorous and worthy of highlighting. The Basilica was built with excellent quality marbles imported from Italy and Portugal. Big pillars and angelic and appealing huge stain glassed windows. An outstanding pearl in Africa.
  • Elegant structure. A remarkable monument in Yamoussoukro. You sure must visit this place when next you're in Ivory Coast.
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