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The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

May 20th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Largest church in the world. World's tallest church dome. Tallest Roman Catholic church in the world. Tallest church in Africa.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, also known as Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro, is the largest and tallest place of worship in Africa. Situated in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the basilica was constructed between 1985 and 1989 for a cost of USD $300 million and intentionally modeled after the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome. The cornerstone was laid on August 10, 1985, and was consecrated on September 10, 1990, by Pope John Paul II.

Contrary to popular belief, this particular basilica is not a cathedral church. The nearby Cathedral of Saint Augustin is the principal place of worship and seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Yamoussoukro.

The Guinness Book of Records lists it as the largest church in the world, having surpassed the previous recordholder, St. Peter's Basilica, upon completion. It has a total surface of 30,000 m².

(Source: Wikipedia)

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