The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, also known as Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro, is one of the largest Christian Churches in the world. Situated in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of
The lavishly built basilica sits in the middle of the African bush. The cost of the basilica doubled the national debt of Cote d'Ivoire.
The basilica is modeled after and bigger than Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Rome Italy. The basilica boasts a dome measuring 149 m (489 ft) in height and can hold 18,000 worshipers inside and 300,000 on the esplanade. The former president of Côte d’Ivoire, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, is officially reported to have paid at his own expense the nearly $150 million cost of the church’s rapid construction (1986-1989).