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Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Yamoussoukro
Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro

Yamoussoukro Ivory Coast

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1985
  Finished1990
Building Uses
 - religious
Structural Types
 - church
Architectural Style
 - renaissance revival
Materials
 - glass
 - wood
 - gold
 - clay
 - marble
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire518 ft
Roof489 ft''
Dome197 ft''

Description
• Architect: Pierre Fakhoury
• Constructor: Dumez
• This basilica is not a cathedral, meaning that it is not the seat of a diocese or archdiocese.
• Guinness World Records lists it as the largest church in the world, having surpassed the previous recordholder, St. Peter's Basilica, upon completation. It has a total surface of 30,000 m², holding 18.000 worshipers, faced in Italian marble featuring 386 columns. Now it is world's tallest dome.
• The cornerstone was laid on August 10, 1985, and it was consecrated on September 10, 1990, by Pope John Paul II.
• The cost of the basilica doubled the national debt of Ivory Coast.

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