Places of Power: Côte d’Ivoire’s mysterious temple of the Freemasons

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This article is part of the dossier: Secret Places of Power

By Vincent Duhem, in Abidjan
Posted on Thursday, 1 September 2022 17:03, updated on Friday, 2 September 2022 16:41

If presidential palaces are symbols of the power of heads of state, other places and buildings still play a crucial role... Like this discreet villa in Abidjan, which houses the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Côte d'Ivoire.

This is part 4 of a 7-part series

The ballet of cars begins at nightfall. Several times a week, they perform their dance. With time, the residents have become accustomed to it. They have noticed the presence of bodyguards, the flashing lights and the official number plates, and they recognise certain faces. Their questions, however, remain. What is going on inside this white building? At the entrance, a single clue helps to direct the initiates: two large columns decorated with letters representing Masonic names.

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