Almost everyone knows the Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican, which is famous for being the residence of the Pope; however, unlike most people think, the Saint Peter’s Basilica is not the biggest christian catholic church in the world. The biggest christian catholic church in the world is the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, located in the city of Yamoussoukro in my native country Ivory Coast.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace was built between 1986 and 1989 at a cost of over 300 million dollars. It was consecrated in 1990 by the pope Jean Paul II.
According to Guinness world records, It has an area of 30,000 square meters (322,917 sq ft) and is 158m (518ft) high. It can accommodate 18,000 worshipers.
The Basilica is constructed with marble imported from Italy and is furnished with 7,000 square meters of contemporary stained glass from France. (www.njambindiba.nomadcom.net).
The Basilica of Our Lady Of Peace attracts a huge number of tourists every year in Ivory Coast.