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Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Yamoussoukro is the capital of Côte d'Ivoire and is perhaps the single most bizarre modern city on Earth. It is a large grid of paved streets and lights with almost nothing at all in between them. It would seem that former President Felix Houphouet-Boigny's dream that his home town would become a busy capital city never came to fruition. The streets are now potholed, the lights no longer work and the jungle is reclaiming them in places. Nevertheless "Yam" is worth a visit.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • 1 UTB Bus Stop. There are plenty of daily bus services from Abidjan, and most other larger cities have at least one daily departure. UTB is one of the major companies serving Yamoussoukro
    • Travel from Abidjan is around 4 hours and costs 4,500 CAF.

By car[edit]

A very good motorway (toll road/Péage) links Yamoussoukro with Abidjan. It takes 2.5 hours by car. It takes 1.5 hours from Bouaké on a potholed road.

By plane[edit]

  • 2 Yamoussoukro Airport (ASK IATA Aéroport international de Yamoussoukro). The airport does not seem to see any scheduled service Yamoussoukro Airport (Q2876090) on Wikidata Yamoussoukro Airport on Wikipedia

By rail[edit]

Yamoussoukro is not served by rail. The nearest station is in the town of Dimbokro, about 70 km east of the city. There is about one weekly departure in each direction between Abidjan and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. There's no reason to use the train when travelling from Abidjan but it might be an option if travelling from Burkina Faso.

Get around[edit]

Map of Yamoussoukro


Maison des députés

The public gardens, the Fondation Felix Houphouet-Boigny and the old Presidential Palace are all impressive results of public expenditures during Houphouet-Boigny's rule.

  • 1 Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Rue de St.France. The largest Christian church in the world is the most remarkable legacy of Houphouet-Boigny. Although it doesn't seat nearly as many worshippers, it is structurally larger than St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City (after which it was modeled), with a greater surface area and higher dome. As a condition of his attendance at the basilica's consecration, Pope John Paul II insisted that a hospital be built nearby, and he laid the cornerstone for it during his visit; the stone still stands alone. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (Q815584) on Wikidata Basilica of Our Lady of Peace on Wikipedia
  • 2 Saint Augustin Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Augustin de Yamoussoukro). Much smaller cathedral in the city centre. Yamoussoukro Cathedral (Q11737333) on Wikidata


  • 1 Stadium (Stade de Yamassoukro). Home to the national football team. Charles Konan Banny Stadium (Q48783549) on Wikidata Charles Konan Banny Stadium on Wikipedia



There are restaurants, shops, and street vendors selling local dishes in Yamoussoukro.

There are many beach bars and restaurants at the 1 River Bank (opposite of Cyclone Bar).



  • 1 Motel Iris. Simple but spacious and very clean double rooms with shower and toilet. 15,000 CAF for a double (2023).
  • 2 Hôtel Président, +225 30 646464, . Purpose-built modernist luxury hotel, on-site restaurants, nightclub and a large swimming pool. Hotel President, Yamoussoukro (Q2424704) on Wikidata


English- and French-language broadcasts are available from BBC World Service on 97.7MHz.

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