Yamoussoukro

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Yamoussoukro Capital of Ivory Coast since 1983. Originally a small Baouké tribal village and birthplace of Ivory Coast's first president, Felix Houphouët-Boigny, it developed rapidly into the administrative and transport centre of Ivory Coast. Yamoussoukro's Our Lady of Peace Cathedral (consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1990) is the world's largest Christian church. Pop. (2002 est.) 195,500.

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Yamoussoukro (site of basilica in the Ivory Coast): see BASILICA OF NOTRE DAME DE PAIX.

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