Most interesting landmarks of Cote d’Ivoire

Natural landmarks of Cote D’Ivoire

  • Ahouakro – Lagunes. Interesting rock formations such as natural standing stones etc. Local people have given names to stones, here are found remnants of Neolithic and later settlements. Site contains prehistoric rock art.
  • Boundiali volcanic plug – Savanes. Enormous, dark grey volcanic plugs which rise several hundred meters over the town of Boundiali.
  • Cascade in Man – Dix-Huit Montagnes. Cascading, tall waterfall which falls over a layered rock.
  • La Dent de Man – Dix-Huit Montagnes. Enormous hoodoo, rising tall above the nearby town of Man. Some local societies consider this to be a sacred place.
  • Mount Nimba – Dix-Huit Montagnes, Guinea, Nzérékoré and Nimba in Liberia. Up to 1,752 m high chain of mountains with a high number of endemic species of plants and animals, such as Nimba otter shrew (Micropotamogale lamottei), Western Nimba toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis) – viviparous toad. Summit of mountain is covered with grassland but slopes – with tropical forest. Here lives also a group of chimpanzees capable to use stones as tools. Mountain for most part consists of high grade iron ore.

Man made landmarks of Cote D’Ivoire

Mosque in Kong, Côte d'Ivoire
Mosque in Kong / Ivoire8, / CC BY-SA 3.0
Mosques in Sudano-Sahelian style
  • Kaouara Mosque – Savanes. Interesting mosque, built in Sudano-Sahelian style in the 17th century.
  • Kong Mosques – Savanes. Two mosques – all that remains of the group of mosques built in Kong in the 17th – 18th centuries. The smallest mosques is the oldest one, it is not used anymore. The largest was rebuilt in the early 20th century and now is in use.
  • Kouto Mosque – Savanes. Small mosque, built in the 17th century.
  • M’Bengué Mosque – Savanes. Comparatively new and small building, constructed in 1943.
  • Nambira Mosque – Savanes. Small, beautiful mosque.
  • Tengrela Mosque – Savanes. Beautiful mosque, built in 1655 and repaired once every 10 years by the same family throughout the centuries.
Other man made landmarks of Cote D’Ivoire
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro – Lacs, Yamoussoukro. Largest church in world, one of newest basilicas, built in 1989, 158 meters high.
  • Grand-Bassam – Sud-Comoé. Former French colonial capital, once important seaport. Typical colonial city of the late 19th – early 20th century. For most part abandoned – thus the ornate colonial buildings have been preserved without much change.
  • Samatiguila Mosque – Denguélé. The oldest mosque in the country, estimated to be approximately 1,000 years old. It is built in Malinke style.

Described landmarks of Côte d’Ivoire

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This extensive country most certainly has many more interesting landmarks than listed here.

Among the most interesting attractions in this country should be mentioned several very interesting mosques in Sudano-Sahelian style, the largest church building in the world and the rich natural heritage.

Featured: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro / Willy Stephane Awaho, / CC BY 2.0

The largest basilica in the world – Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro – was financed by the president of Côte d’Ivoire Félix Houphouët-Boigny. It was built in his birthplace – current capital of the country.

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