Addis Ababa: what to see in the Ethiopia’s capital city

holy trinity cathedral
holy trinity cathedral

What to see in Addis Ababa

Travel Guide Addis Abeba

Capital of Ethiopia is about 2400 meters above sea level in a basin of Ethiopian Highlands, at the foot of Mount Entoto, 3200 m., where Emperor Menelik II founded the city in 1889, giving it the name of Addis Ababa. Ghebi, Emperor’s Palace, was built and many eucalyptus trees were planted, visible in much of today.

Former residences of this period remain, almost all in a state of neglect, the Cathedral of St. George, a Coptic Orthodox church whose construction was completed in 1911, it was commissioned by Menelik to commemorate the victory of Adwa on the Italians in 1896, and the railroad Djibouti inaugurated in 1917 by Empress Zewditu I, daughter of Menelik II.

From 1937, with the Italian occupation, was a planned urban development plan, remained partly unfinished, and were never fully realized the urban planning subsequent projects.

What to see in Addis Ababa

Despite everything, this immense and chaotic African metropolis that welcomes people to various nationalities, has a structure with wide avenues, is full of trees and is characterized by a mixture of buildings.

The palaces, beautiful residences, buildings of representation, barracks, are everywhere.
A vast and chaotic market, known by the name of Merkato, has products of all kinds.
There are interesting Museums and beautiful architectures religious to visit, as
the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where there are the tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife Menen Asfaw.

Very interesting is the National Museum of Ethiopia, which preserves among its main attractions:
Lucy, a hominid fossil dating back about 3 million years ago, one of our oldest ancestor whose skeleton, nearly complete, is kept in the archives of the museum.

The Ethnographic Museum in Addis Ababa is dedicated to the various ethnic groups of the country and is located in the building of the imperial house of Haile Selassie. To Remember that in Addis Ababa is located, in Africa Hall, the United Nations Economic commission for Africa.