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Grand-Bassam is a resort town near the city of Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. It's known for its busy, palm-backed beach stretching along the Atlantic coastline. The old French-colonial town center, once the nation’s capital, is filled with decaying 19th- and 20th-century houses. The National Museum of Costume displays examples of traditional dress in a former governor’s palace.