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today’ Did you know… (DYK)


Did you know… (DYK)


Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire – Basilique Notre-Dame de la PaixArchitect(s): Architect – Pierre Fakhoury


Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Yamoussoukro)

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There is a similarly named Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu.
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix
Notre dame de la paix yamoussoukro by felix krohn.jpg

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro
Basic information
Location Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Geographic coordinates 6°48′40″N 5°17′47″WCoordinates: 6°48′40″N 5°17′47″W
Affiliation Catholic (Roman Rite)
Year consecrated 1990
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Minor basilica
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architect(s) Pierre Fakhoury
Architectural type Church
Direction of façade NE
Completed 1990
Construction cost US$300m
Specifications
Capacity 18,000
Length 195 metres (640 ft)
Width 150 metres (490 ft)
Width (nave) 55 metres (180 ft)
Height (max) 158 metres (518 ft)
Dome dia. (outer) 90 metres (300 ft)[1]
Materials marble

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (French: Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The basilica was constructed between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of US$300 million. The design of the dome and encircled plaza are clearly inspired by[2] those of the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City, although it is not an outright replica.[3] The cornerstone was laid on 10 August 1985, and it was consecrated on 10 September 1990 by Pope John Paul II.[4]

The basilica is not a cathedral. The nearby Cathedral of Saint Augustine is the principal place of worship and seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Yamoussoukro.[5]

Guinness World Records lists it as the largest church in the world, having surpassed the previous record holder, St. Peter’s Basilica, upon completion. It has an area of 30,000 sq metres (322,917 sq ft) and is 158 m (518 ft) high.[6] However, it also includes a rectory and a villa (counted in the overall area), which are not strictly part of the church. It can accommodate 18,000 worshippers, compared to 60,000 for St. Peter’s.[7]

The Basilica is administered by Polish Pallottines.

today’s holiday: Burkina Faso Republic Day


Burkina Faso Republic Day

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More… Discuss

Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso


Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Burkina Faso to demand the ouster of President Blaise Compaore, who seized power in a coup 27 years ago and has been seeking to extend term limits so that he might run for reelection again in 2015. The protesters stormed parliament and other government buildings, setting them alight. They also stormed the state television headquarters, taking it off the air. Compaore has responded by dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency, a move condemned by opposition leaders. More… Discuss

Yet Another Air Tragedy


Yet Another Air Tragedy

An Air Algérie flight bound for Algeria from Burkina Faso was lost as it crossed over the Sahara in bad weather and is believed to have crashed. It was carrying 116 people whose fates are not yet known. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane less than an hour after takeoff. Prior to this, the crew had communicated that they would be changing course due to a sandstorm, leading to speculation that bad weather brought the plane down. A multinational search effort is underway to locate the missing plane and rescue any survivors. More… Discuss