After travelling in the rural northern areas of Cote d' Ivoire and in the brousse, where the local people use mainly natural materials and colours, there couldn't be a bigger contrast with the architecture and use of materials in the citycentre of Abidjan.
At Le Plateau in the citycentre of Abidjan you see many modern buildings with the use of a lot of glass...
Abidjan is a city of contrasts, hte city has two faces. At one hand there are the living districts, where the ordinary people live, like in Treichville. These areas have low and traditional buildings .
And at the other hand you have Le Plateau. At Le plateau you can find skyscrapers and other high and modern buildings. Here are the ministeries and offices.
Because I had to wait till the Musée National, where you can find wonderful art objects as statues, masks, pottery, bronze and ivory was closed during the lunch break, I visited in the meantime on my way to the museum this modern cathedral with its futurist shape. It was the St Pauls Cathedral.
I entered the cathedral and was surprised. From the inside you have a great look at the the beautiful and colourfull windows, telling the stories of the bible. It was nice to see, that the people on the images have black faces.
You have to go inside the cathedral to see the bright colours. From the outside you can hardly imagine this brightness of the colours.
When I had a closer look at the white building, I saw it was a minstery. I was very surprised, when I red the sign to see that this building was of the '' Minestère of la promotion de la femme", ministery of the promotion of the women.
I was especially curious about what the task of this ministery would be ...
The St Paul Cathedral in Abidjan is a modern eye-catching cathedral. The cathedral is designed by an Italian architect and consecrated by the pope in 1985.
The cathedral is open for the public,everyday from 8 am till 7 pm.
Between the modern skyscrapers in the citycentre of Abidjan, you can also see buildings of another size and form.
These white buildings with two storeys looked more like the buildings, I was used to see in the West-African towns.
Adjame, in the north of Abidjan is another quarter in the city .Here in a very small lake many professional laundry cleaners are washing the clothes of their customers. No detergents but only rocks and tyres.I dont know exactly if they clean the clothes or they make them more dirty...They are not so happy if you watch them for more than 2 minutes..
Very near to the city there is Grand Bassam which was the capital in the time of "frenchs"
In the road to bassam you can find very interesting artisanat shops,wood carvings.
No need to say that bargaining is the "national sport "
Vridi beaches are very near to the city and you can reach there with busses from Plateau or Treichville.Difficult place to swim because the beaches are exposed to the Ocean.But anyway you can try it )))
I was lucky enough to visit a village on one of the Lagoons, I was treated like a king and offered to sit with the village elders and share a meal, we had Fish and a type of semolina or grated dried Plantain??
If you are traveling on buisness and at the Intercontinental hotel this is the Conference?exhibition hall attached and more than likely where exhibitions and meetings will be held the hotel has every amenity you could want
Although its difficult to undertsand the reason The Ivory Coast has two of the world's largest Catholic Cathedrals.only the 10 % of the citizens are Catholics .Maybe Catholics have good reasons for this investment but I am not able to understand it.
By day, the Plateau is undisputedly a wonderful place to take a leisurely stroll, visiting the many shops, relaxing in one of the quaint parks, or at a sidewalk café watching the world go by. At sundown, the offices empty out and all too soon the Plateau is still. By night, the focus of the activity shifts to Treichville, where you will find lively discos and nightclubs, and the highly popular local ‘maquis’ restaurants offering cheap eats that encompass everything from Lebanese specialties to authentic West African dishes.
The National Cathedral
One of the most magnificent examples of modern architecture. The cathedral is situated near the administrative area of Plateau, overlooking the Ebrie Lagoon.
This is Abidjan’s foremost craft market with a wide variety of souvenir ideas to choose from.
The City of Grand Bassam
The former Côte d'Ivoire capital on the Atlantic with French colonial architecture. Here you will find an artists' centre selling masks.
The Fanico Washers
At the Parc de Banco you can see the famed fanicos or washermen at work. They wash thousands of clothes in the river then place them over the surrounding flat areas to dry. Their washboards are tyres containing large boulders against which they bash the clothes.
Abidjan is not a tourist meca, but there are a couple sites to visit on a bored Saturday while in the city. St. Paul Cathedral is one of them. This modern imposing Cathedral is one of the major landmarks in Abidjan. Built in honor of the Pope in 1985, the architecture is meant to symbolize the form of Jesus, though with hints of elephant tusks -- the symbol of Cote D'Ivoire.
The cathedral boasts some interesting stained glass work and some interesting grounds to walk around. Don't expect to be dazzled, but the cathedral is worth a visit.