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Weekend Basilica Tour

Weekend Basilica Tour Packages
Country: Cote D'Ivoire
City: Yamoussoukro
Duration: 2 Day(s) - 1 Night(s)
Tour Category: Religious Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Package Itinerary

Day 1: Abidjan - Yamoussoukro

Departure early in the morning towards Yamoussoukro, in the heart of the country Baoulé. Arrival, installation at the hotel. Visit the Felix Houphouet Boigny Foundation for the search for peace. Lunch. Afternoon, visit typical villages followed by traditional dance shows "le Goly" in a village Baoulé. Back to Yamoussoukro at your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Yamoussoukro - Abidjan

Breakfast. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, which pays homage to the Virgin Mary and Peace, the highest basilica in the world, a unique place in the history of the world, art, Africa, and even religion. Visit the Presidential Residence (the outer forecourt), Lake Cayman, the House of Deputies ... Lunch. Back in the afternoon in Abidjan.

Know More About Basilica of Our Lady of Peace:

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, is probably one of the most beautiful churches in Africa and one of the best sightseeing in Cote d’Ivoire. One of the most famous landmarks in the country, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the Basilica, is the largest church in the world. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace sits on 30,000 sq m of land. The basilica is big enough to house 18000 worshipers although, in recent times, it has been a widely debatable figure of reckless extravagance.

While designing it after the Vatican Basilica, Lebanese architect Pierre Fakhoury constructed the dome to be slightly lower than the Basilica of Saint Peter but ornamented with a larger cross on top. The finished height is 158 metres (518 ft). The dome is more than twice the diameter of St. Peter's in Rome, 90 metres versus 41 metres (300 ft versus 136 ft). The base of the dome is much lower than Saint Peter's, so the overall height is slightly less. The basilica is constructed with marble imported from Italy and is furnished with 8,400 square metres (90,000 sq ft) of contemporary stained glass from France.

Columns are plentiful throughout the basilica but are not uniform in style; the smaller columns are there for structural reasons, while the bigger ones are decorative and contain elevators, rainwater evacuation from the roof and other building mechanical devices.

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