The resort town of Grand Bassam was really impressive, the French colonial building, most in an advance stage of disrepair were somewhat haunting, yet the locals were friendly and overall I felt safe, the sea was beautiful and the trip was memorable.
Another gigantic church in this nation. It is a real unusual building with nice stained glass. You can take an elevator to the top of the tower but it will cost you bit. If you are in Abidjan you should check it out from at least the outside.
The Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix has some 7400 sq metres of it featuring around 5000 different colours. The black guy next to Jesus is the former president and the man responsible of this church. The guy on the left second from the bottom is the architect of the church.
I still remember arriving into Yamoussoukro and the all of a sudden there is this mammoth structure. This is what US$300,000,000 will get you. At the papal's request the cupploa is a bit lower than St. Peter's dome. Marble imported from various European nations. It will take about 2 hours to tour it. Apparantly it was given as a gift to the Vatican so you might be on Vatican soil and not Cote d'Ivoire.
Yamoussoukro became the capital of Cote d'Ivoire in 1983 because one man decided this. Felix Houphouet-Boigny is the one who led Cote d'Ivoire to independence and became the country's first president. He was born around here and thus decided to make it the capital. It is strange to see a city developed for what seems like millions of people but have only around 100, 000 inhabitants. One unusual sight is to see a six lane highway with only one or two cars go down in the day.
Not exactly a "must see activity" but it is on here because it is right next to la cascade. There is supposed to be a special reason to cross the rope bridge but I cannot think of it. Actually it was kinda of dangerous because some ropes were snapping as I was crossing it. I don't know if it is still there but it is worth crossing if it is in good condition and you are at la cascade.
A nice looking waterfall that is a good place to rest for a bit. I was there in the dry season so the falls weren't as impressive as they are during the rainy season but it still has a nice rock formation. It's in a nice forest and you can climb to the top for some nice views. You can also wade around the pool at the base of the waterfall too.
There are plenty of tribal villages around the area of Man. They are used to tourists so it is usually no problem getting let in. It will cost you a little bit of money but that's no big deal. You will also have someone cook you a meal as well. I'm pretty sure you can have someone hook you up in Man on a tour as well.
I was told that the city of Man was also known as 'la cite des 18 montagnes' (city of 18 mountains) which is certainly true. Who ever decided to have a city at this location knows what he/she is doing, it is a truly photogenic area. It's an excellent place to stroll around and look at all the mask shops that are well stocked. It is also a good base to explore the nearby villages from.
The buildings of the colonial era in Grand Bassam are built between 1894 and 1920. All these buildings are in the old section of the town near the water. It is a pity, but many buildings are in various stages of decay.
Some are restored like the governorshouse (now a museum) an the townhall.
I entered the cathedral. From the inside I had a look at the the colourfull windows, telling the stories of the bible. And of course the people on the images have black faces.
You have to go inside the cathedral to see the brightness of the colours.
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 catheral is open for the public,everyday from 8 am till 7 pm.
Because I had to wait till the Musée National
(where you can find art objects as statues, masks, pottery, bronze and ivory) after the lunch break was opened again, 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 was surprised to see this building of the '' Minestère of la promotion de la femme" (ministery of the promotion of the women).
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