One day city tour in Addis Ababa - 1 Day

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Addis Ababa  “new flower”)  also known as Finfinne (Oromo: Finfinne “natural spring”), is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia. According to the 2007 census, the city has a population of 2,739,551 inhabitants.

As a chartered city, Addis Ababa also serves as a capital city of Oromia. It is where the African Union is headquartered and where its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), as well as various other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as “the political capital of Africa” for its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city lies a few miles west of the East African Rift which splits Ethiopia into two, through the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate.

Addis Ababa  “new flower”)  also known as Finfinne (Oromo: Finfinne “natural spring”), is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia. According to the 2007 census, the city has a population of 2,739,551 inhabitants.

As a chartered city, Addis Ababa also serves as a capital city of Oromia. It is where the African Union is headquartered and where its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), as well as various other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as “the political capital of Africa” for its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city lies a few miles west of the East African Rift which splits Ethiopia into two, through the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate.

Day 1
Museums, Churches and Market places tour of Addis Ababa

before lunch time.

Holy Trinity Cathedral Church

Holy Trinity Cathedral, known in Amharic as Kidist Selassie, is the highest ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was built to commemorate Ethiopia’s liberation from Italian occupation and is the second most important place of worship in Ethiopia, after the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum. The cathedral bears the title ‘Menbere Tsebaot’, or ‘Pure Altar’. The church compound is the burial place for those who fought against the Italian Occupation, or those who accompanied the Emperor into exile from 1936 to 1941. Emperor Haile Selassie I and his consort the Empress Menen Asfaw are buried in the north transept of the cathedral. Holy Trinity Cathedral is found bordering the Houses of Parliament,

National Museum

The National Museum of Ethiopia which is located adjacent to the Faculty of Technology of the Addis Ababa University and St. Mary’s church. It was established in April 1936 (Eth Cal) ‘upon the idea of preserving the nation’s movable heritage, conduct research and education and assist to pass such heritage to future generations’. This Government run museum is the oldest and one of the better organized museums in the country with a collection of over 170,000 various items including various secular/religious manuscripts, icons, ceremonial items, paintings, gold, silver embroidered robes, umbrellas, crosses and books. The National Museum is home to the famous ‘Dinknesh’ or as popularly known ‘Lucy’ i.e. the three million years old human ancestor.

After Lunch Time

Shero-Meda

Shero-Meda is the place where you can find the unique and beautiful traditional clothes with different designs. Here you can also observe while the weavers are weaving and selling the products in the nearby to their weaving place. The main products are the traditional shema clothes like “Gabi”, “Netela”, etc…… from cotton, which are completely in different style with other industrially made nylon clothes. The national cloth is also made in the same way. Even if weaving is the activity that can be done in every part of the country, there are people who are specialized for this activity making quality cultural clothes in many different forms. These are Dorze people, one of the southern nations and nationalities who are also known for their beehive elephant head. In Addis Ababa they are leading in supplying the cultural clothes.

Entoto-Mariam church

It is found in the highest peak of Addis Ababa with an altitude of 3200 meters, Entoto was the seat for the first palace of emperor Menelik-II, the founder of Addis Ababa where he could simply control the city and protect from enemies. Emperor Minilik was crowned in Entoto Mariam Church which also consists a Museum with the Emperor’s and his wife properties. You will admire the spectacular view of the city with its surrounding from Entoto.

Merkato

Merkato which got its name from the Italian language is the largest open air market in east Africa. Here you will be presented with noisy and confusing, but fascinating, glimpse of the vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and you will enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open air. There is nothing that you can’t find in Merkato so, you can purchase anything you desire.

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