Merkato – The biggest open air market

It is the largest open-air market in Africa, trying to convey the feeling of Merkato with a description is like attempting to portray an ocean with a cupful of water. It is a concentration of all that is Ethiopian with everything from around the world thrown in to add to its cacophony of colors and endless stalls of objects. Merkato is not only Addis Ababa’s commercial centers; it is the dynamo of the country’s development in tread and industry, fascinating glimpse of the very vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and one can

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Landmarks and Monuments in Addis Ababa

The traditions of erecting monuments has an age-old history in Ethiopia. In this regard, the Axumite and Tiya monuments are worth mentioning. It is obvious that monuments has been erected in Ethiopia to commemorate very important personalities or events. In Addis Ababa, more than 17 monuments stand at different parts of the capital. The statue of Abune Petros, the archbishop executed by the Italian invading troops, the liberation monument around Arat Kilo, the martyrs' monument around Sidest kilo, the Andinet statue erected in memory of the fallen troops during the invasion of Somalia, the statue of Emperor Menelik at the

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Churches in and around Addis Ababa

Washa Mikael church located at about a kilometer north of Yeka Mikael church. There is still a ruin of carved rock-hewn church in the area. According to legendary accounts, its establishment is dated to the times of ancient Axumite Kings, Abreha (Ezana) and Atseba (Saizana) i.e. around 370 A.D. The ‘Tabot’ (the replica of the Ark of the Covenant) is said to have been transformed in 1897 into the Yeka Mikael church down the road. Entoto Saint Mary’s Church It is located at the top of the hill of Entoto. It was built in 1880s by the request of Queen

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Palaces in Addis Ababa

Entoto Mountain that was used as a capital for Emperor Menelik II in 1880’s, St Mary of Zion Church and Museum. The ‘Elfign’ (Menelik’s II residence and the ‘Adarash’ (the principal reception Hall) are the major existing building that were served as an office and banquet. The Grand Palace also called the Palace of Emperor Menelik in Addis Ababa, next to the Entoto. It is still serving as the main headquarter of the Ethiopian government (the Prime Minister). The churches of Beta Mariam, Kidane Mihieret and the Menelik Mausoleum are found within the palace compound The Genet Leul Palace found

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Addis Ababa – the Capital City of Ethiopia

In the long history of Ethiopia, three important sites had been used as permanent capitals of the central government, namely Axum, Lalibela and Gondar respectively. Most kings of the medieval period used mobile courts instead of fixed capitals. The present city, Addis Ababa can be considered as the fourth permanent capital in the history of the country. Addis Ababa is the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU). On July 9, 2000, fifty-three heads of state formed the African Union (AU). The new organization replaces the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and

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