HomeGuides & TipsLargest Church in...

Largest Church in the World

Located in Yamoussoukro is the capital city of Côte d’Ivoire, in West AfricaBasilica of Our Lady of Peace is an architectural marvel that fuses together renaissance revival and baroque revival church architectural styles. With an area of 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft), and capacity to hold 18,000 people, the Guinness World Records calls Basilica of Our Lady of Peace the largest church in the world. The basilica is an iconic Yamoussoukro sightseeing and has made huge impacts with tourism in Ivory Coast, one of the most visited countries in Africa.

Constructed between 1985 and 1989 with different cost estimates given by various groups. Some stated that the construction cost ranged between US$175-600 million. The designs of the dome and encircled plaza are clearly inspired by the Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican City with a dome surmounting a colonnade that is in the form of a Latin cross. The basilica is fronted by a large plaza encircled by two more colonnades. The 272 Doric columns that support the colonnades are made of cement and rise as high as 101 feet (31 metres). The basilica’s gigantic dome dwarfs that of St. Peter’s and rises to a height of 489 feet (149 metres). The basilica has the capacity to hold 18,000 worshippers, while the esplanade can accommodate a crowd of 300,000.

History of The Bassilica of Our Lady Of Peace, Yamoussoukro

Côte d’Ivoire president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny chose his birthplace of Yamoussoukro as the new capital of his country in 1983. As part of the plan for the city, the president wished to memorialize himself with the construction of what would be the “greatest church in the world.” The president commissioned a stained glass window of his image to be placed beside a gallery of stained glass of Jesus and the apostles.

The basilica has aroused much international controversy, for the lavish building glittering with Italian marble sitting in the middle of an impoverished African city where only a minority of homes have running water and adequate sanitation, and the cost of the basilica doubled the national debt of Côte d’Ivoire. Despite this, many of the country’s Catholics are proud of their monument. The basilica is administered by Polish Pallottines at a cost of US$1.5 million annually.

Explore the 10 Interesting Facts About Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro.


Create a website from scratch

Just drag and drop elements in a page to get started with Newspaper Theme.

Continue reading

15 Most Romantic Places in Rwanda

Romantic getaways are all about creating cherished moments and sharing intimate experiences. In the heart of Africa, Rwanda offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and serene landscapes that set the stage for a romantic escapade. Here...

20 Best Things to Do in South Africa

South Africa, a land of diverse landscapes and cultures, offers a wealth of experiences for travelers. Whether you're captivated by wildlife, fascinated by history, or seeking adventure in the great outdoors, South Africa has something for everyone. In this...

Shallipopi Feat. Odumodublvck – Cast

“Cast” is an electric collaboration between Shallipopi and Odumodublvck. Quite a year for fans of the two hottest acts in Nigeria! First the Afrobeats rappers has individually dominated every playlist and airwaves, swapping spots at the top of every...

Enjoy exclusive access to all of our content

Get an online subscription and you can unlock any article you come across.