Yamoussoukro (or Yamkro, as it's affectionately dubbed) isn't exactly its country's cultural epicentre, but it is worth a stop here, if only to marvel at the oddity of the capital that was built on the site of former President Félix Houphouët-Boigny's ancestral village. Its basilica, a near-replica of the Vatican's Basilica di San Pietro, is a marvel, its gigantic dome hovering on the flat horizon like a mirage.
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