The first capital of Côte d’Ivoire, the Historic Town of Grand-Bassam, is an example of a late 19th- and early 20th-century colonial town planned with quarters specializing in commerce, administration, housing for Europeans and for Africans. The site includes the N’zima African fishing village alongside colonial architecture marked by functional houses with galleries, verandas and gardens. Grand-Bassam was the most important port, economic and judicial centre of Côte d’Ivoire. It bears witness to the complex social relations between Europeans and Africans, and to the subsequent independence movement. As a vibrant centre of the territory of French trading posts in the Gulf of Guinea, which preceded modern Côte d’Ivoire, it attracted populations from all parts of Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean Levant.

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2 sites in this World Heritage

  • La ville historique
  • Le phare

La ville historique

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DATA

Region
Africa
Country
Côte d'Ivoire 
Category
Cultural
Name
Historic Town of Grand-Bassam
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
2012
Keyword
Historic Center, Registered in 2012