Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro

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Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro


It was closely modelled on St. Peter’s Basilica with its huge courtyard.
Columns are plentiful throughout the basilica but are not uniform in style .The dome on the basilica is massive
(apparently larger than St. Peters) but the most striking is the mass of stained glass.
A one noteworthy commissioned huge stained glass of Jesus Christ with his twelve disciples will be seen with image of Catholic
former president (Félix Houphouët-Boigny) of the Ivory Coast and people behind the construction whose size was surpassed to
become "largest church in the world."

Interesting Facts :
It can accomodate 18,000 people , a total of 7,000 seated and 11,000 standing
It is modeled after the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, but larger, making it the biggest church in the world.
It was constructed between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of $300 million
It is constructed entirely of marble (30 acres) imported from Italy and decorated with 23,000 square feet (7,000 m2) of contemporary stained glass from France.
Felix Houphouet-Boigny features prominently in a stained glass window scene of Jesus and the Apostles inside the basilica.
Pope John Paul came to consecrate the church on the basis that a hospital would be built nearby (theyre starting the construction of the Catholic Hospital beside the area)

seraphimkarlien says:
I saw it from afar from the bus when we passed through Yamoussoukro and it looked quite impressive, but I had no idea it was *that* big.
Posted on: May 24, 2010
RENESO says:
yes indeed sylvia/david, hence it looks wasted to me...very few local people around the area. When we are there....only 8 tourist inside.
Posted on: Nov 09, 2009
sylviandavid says:
St Peters church is huge... this must indeed be massive.... they certainly spared no expense! 18,000 people... AMAZING...
Posted on: Nov 08, 2009
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Jesus Christ with 12 disciples
Jesus Christ with 12 disciples
One of the huge pillar with elevat…
One of the huge pillar with eleva…
Gold Cross in the altar
Gold Cross in the altar
chilis
chilis
roadside market
roadside market
merchants
merchants
my wife pickin up good chilis
my wife pickin up good chilis
Big bananas
Big bananas
kids playin
kids playin
kids playin2
kids playin2
mini bus...worou worou
mini bus...worou worou
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
my wife posing with the view of Ba…
my wife posing with the view of B…
me and ma wife
me and ma wife
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace insi…
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace ins…
huge pillars
huge pillars
the courtyard
the courtyard
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