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Leavin' Cameroon for Niger two months ago, I made one day stop in Abidjan and I discovered a city of contrasts. At one hand there are the living districts, where the ordinary people live, like in Treichville. These areas have low and traditional buildings .
At the other hand you have Le Plateau where you can find skyscrapers and other high and modern buildings like ministeries and offices.
A best-selling series of French travel guides cautioned would-be visitors that Abidjan is not really an African city. Go elsewhere, it urged, if you want an "authentic" African experience: Abidjan, with its concrete and glass high-rises, neatly landscaped streets and villas and expensive restaurants, would be likely to disappoint those looking for the exotic and the picturesque.
The St Paul Cathedral in Abidjan is a modern eye-catching structure, designed by an Italian architect, Aldo Spiritom, and consecrated by the pope in 1985.
The tower represents an enormous stylized statue of St Paul the apostle with his cloak.

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