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
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.
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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