Sights & Landmarks In Grand-Bassam
- Cathédrale du Sacré Cœur.The French erected this beautiful temple of worship in 1910, and it was refurbished in 2004.
- Centre Céramique, Rue Bouët.Ceramics and pottery are possibly Grand-most Bassam’s important businesses, after tourism. This is a museum of Ivorian traditional ceramics as well as an exhibition space for local craftsmen’ work.
- Mairie de Grand-Bassam (Town Hall), Boulevard Gouverneur Angoulvant.A French colonial structure that has just been repaired.
- Musée National du Costume (Costume Museum). This architectural jewel, housed in the old French governor’s mansion, is one of the town’s great attractions, with its huge exterior staircase. Its exceptional collection of traditional costumes, masks, jewelry, and ethnographic images offers a fascinating glimpse into Ivory Coast’s culture and history, both during and after colonial times. The museum’s 4000m2 space also exhibits a variety of publications, traditional home models, and life-size dance sets. Consider hiring a guide for further information if your budget permits. 1000 CFA.
- Old Post Office. An exquisite structure that has just been repaired. It is no longer used as a post office.
- Palais de Justice (Law Courts). It was built in 1910 and used as a court until 1954. This edifice has not fared as well as the other French colonial constructions, and it is said to be beyond repair.
- Maison des Artistes. Unlike several other buildings in town, the name of this bright structure accurately indicates its purpose. You may observe local sculptors and other artists at work, as well as view and purchase their works, at this “home of the arts.”