Yamoussoukro, in the centre of the country and President Houphouët-Boigny's town of birth, has been the administrative capital since 1983 and has experienced rapid expansion, to the extent of being described as the African Brasilia. It has futuristic, larger-than-life architecture, which is of great pride to Ivorians. You can visit the main sites of the town centre on foot. You will notice the Presidential Palace, a gigantic building surrounded by a lake in which a bunch of sacred crocodiles swim happily. The imposing Président Hotel, has a restaurant with a nice panoramic terrace and a splendid park. And finally, you cannot miss the Our Lady of Peace Basilica, a colossal replica of the Saint Peter of Rome basilica. It was inaugurated by Pope John-Paul II in 1990, after five years of work. It is the most important Catholic monument in Africa.