Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia in East Africa. Around 3 million people live in Addis Ababa. Addis (as it's commonly referred to) was founded by Emperor Menelik 2nd in 1887.
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.
Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the predecessors are based. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as "the political capital of Africa", due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia – the country has as many as 80 nationalities speaking 80 languages and belonging to a wide variety of religious communities. It is home to the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC) and Horn of Africa Press Institute (HAPI) are also headquartered in Addis Ababa. (Source: Wikipedia)
Addis Ababa tourist attractions
Ethiopian National Museum
The National Museum its collection ranks among sub-Saharan Africa's most important Museum, the home of many archaeological and historical relics/heritages of Ethiopia. This museum houses the 3.2 million years old skeleton of a woman called Lucy.
Exhibits of the National Museum are presented under the following four main sections:
- Paleontology and pre-history: Lucy and other fossils including stone tools;
- Historical and archaeological findings that depict the early history from the pre-Axumite times to the 16th century AD;
- Ethnography: traditional and ceremonial costumes, jewelery, etc., reflecting the diverse cultures of the various ethnic groups; and
- Modern Art: selected paintings and sculptures from different
The Ethnographic Museum at Addis Ababa University
The ethnographic museum at Addis Ababa University main/sadist kilo campus (in the Institute of Ethiopian Studies) is well kept and comprehensive representation of the socio-cultural and economic life aspects of the people of Ethiopia. This place used to be the palace of the former Emperor Haile Selassie I.
The Biggest open Air Market in Aafrica - Merkato
Merkato is the largest open air market in Africa, covering several square miles and employing an estimated 13,000 people in 7,100 business entities. The primary merchandise passing through the Merkato is locally-grown agricul tural products — most notably coffee.
St. George’s Cathedral
This church-based museum has got religious and social history artifacts. Incidentally, there’s a Church bearing the same name as well. St. George’s Cathedral is octagonal with 3 main sections. The outermost is for worshippers with the men’s section separated from the women’s section. The mid section is meant for the distribution of communion on Sundays while the central portion is the ‘holy of holies’ meant only for priests and deacons. The walls of the ‘holy of holies’ boast of paintings of famous Ethiopian artists. The Church was burnt down by the Italians in the early 20th Century and subsequently restored.
Art Galleries in Addis Ababa
In Addis Ababa. there are a number of privately run art galleries – the major ones being Makush, Asni, Abyssinia fine Art school and studio , Chilot Art Gallery.
Entoto Hills for a Panoramic View of Addis Ababa
To have a panoramic view down on to Addis Ababa, go to the Entoto Hills on the northern egde of the city, where you find the historic church of Entoto Maryam(St. Mary). There is also a small museum near the church. But within the town itself, the Wabe Shebelle Hotel has a roof top which includes a restaurant and offers a fantastic panoramic views of the whole city.
Trinity Cathedral at Arat kilo
At Arat kilo there is the Trinity Cathedral, which was built by Emperor Haile Selassie as a memorial of Ethiopia's liberation from the brief Italian occupation.