Why was the Yamoussoukro church built?
Côte d'Ivoire President Félix Houphouët-Boigny chose his birthplace of Yamoussoukro to be the future site of the new capital city of his country in 1983. The president wanted to memorialize himself with the construction of "the greatest church in the world". He commissioned a stained glass window of his own image to be placed beside a gallery of stained glass depictions of Jesus and the Apostles. This image of Houphouët-Boigny depicts him as one of the Three Wise Men, kneeling as he offers a gift to Jesus.