Authentic Ethiopia Tours
Addis Ababa-"The New Flower"

Nestled at the foot of Mount Entoto, the city was founded in the late 1800s by Ethiopian emperor Menelik II and was later occupied by the Italians during the second Italo-Abyssinian War. When Ethiopians regained control, Emperor Haile Silassie immediately set about rebuilding the capital and formed the Organization of African Unity, replaced by today's African Union, which has its headquarters in the city.


Addis Ababa is also home to the world-renowned early hominid Lucy - her fossilized skeleton, as well as a replica, are housed in the Ethiopian National Museum. The city also boasts the largest open market in Africa (in the Merkato district), several interesting mosques and cathedrals, as well as Entoto Memorial Museum and Menelik's old Imperial Palace, which is the official seat of the Ethiopian government.


Addis Ababa is an interesting mix of poverty and wealth, urbanization and nature (the city is surrounded by forests and cultivated land). It is a dynamic capital, and well worth exploring, as there are plenty of 'diamonds in the rough' to be uncovered.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 May 2019 15:24