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Wonders of Addis Ababa

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With a population of more than four million people, Addis Ababa is not only the capital of Ethiopia but the political capital the African continent. It is also the economic and social nerve-center of Ethiopia. Founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887, this big, sprawling, hospitable city still bears the stamp of old Ethiopia personality. More than 21,000 hectares in area, Addis Ababa is situated in the foothills of the 3,000 meters Entoto Mountains and rambles pleasantly across many wooded hillsides and gullies cut through with fast flowing streams.

Like any other capital in the world, there is more than enough for anybody to do in Addis. There are numerous restaurants offering various exotic dishes.

Addis Ababa is as cosmopolitan as any of the world's great metropolises, and the architecture is as varied as the city itself. Tall office buildings, elegant villas, functional bungalows, flat, fashionable hotels, conference halls, and theaters - gleaming in their marble and anodized aluminum - vie for attention alongside traditional homes of wattle and daub, surrounded by cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens. There is no designated 'city centre' because, until very recently, there was no urban planning. Addis Ababa simply grew in a natural, organic way, and its present appearance reflects this unforced and unstructured evolution.

Africa Hall

The Africa Hall is situated opposite the Grand Palace. It has been the seat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The first African Heads of State Conference, which brought the Organization of African Unity (OAU) into being, was held in this building in 1963. Inside you will find one of the finest works of Afework Tekle, depicting the Africans of yesterday, today and tomorrow in their struggle for freedom and progress.








Menelik Mausoleum

Menelik Mausoleum is situated in the enclaves of the old palace under Batta Church. It was built in 1911 and houses the crypts of Emperor Menelik II, his wife, Empress Taitu and his daughter, Empress Zauditu. The mausoleum also yields numerous parchments, scrolls and other vernacular scripts.






This is largest open market in all of Africa and one of the largest in the world. Everything one can think of (and we mean everything) is bought and sold in Merkato. It is a sight definitely worth seeing.






Mount Entoto

Mount Entoto is the best location to observe the panoramic view of Addis Ababa both by day and night. On top of this hill stands St. Mary’s Church built in 1885.





National Museum

The National Museum is situated within the old palace, which is now Addis Ababa University. The museum contains numerous antiquities, various historical relics, archaeological, paleontologist objects including the 3.5 million-year-old skeleton of Dinkenesh (Lucy).






Trinity Cathedral

Trinity Cathedral was built in 1941. It is the largest and most magnificent of all modern churches in the country ornamented with carvings, mosaics, and other artistic works including stained glass paintings of saints and apostles.


Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 16:06

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