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Addis Ababa, The name of the city, in Amharic, means "new flower". Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, it is located at 2,500 m (8202 ft) above sea level in one of the highest parts of the Entoto Mountain chain (3,000 m/9842 ft above sea level). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato. the National Museum, one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africa. The museum is home to the fossilized humanoid Lucy, as well as an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items and art. The Ethnological Museum, which was the former palace of Haile Selassie. The Saint George Cathedral, built in 1896 by Emperor Menelik and then continue on to Holy Trinity Cathedral. Holy Trinity Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Ethiopia and has survived through many historical periods, as its interesting architecture can attest to. The Cathedral contains the thrones and the tombs of the emperor and some of the royal family.

Edited by: blienassefa on 19.11.2006
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lemlem wrote:

My apartment is in the center of town and generally conveneint for first time visitors. Public trasport is not that developed but you can walk to all the local stores from my apartment. You can visit the Ethiopian National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum which are situated in the same quarter of the city. Also, the Merkto-said to be the largest open market in Africa- is worth visiting as you can buy presents for relatives back home. There are also several old churches, etc. worth visiting. If you have time, then there are other locations that you can visit outside Addis Ababa.

blienassefa wrote:

Ethiopia, Much of the fascination of this country lies in its myriad historical sites, the obelisks and stele of Axum, the churches and coptic monasteries in the Tigre, the Lake Tana isles and in Lalibela: the African Jerusalem with its monolithic churches. In Ethiopia there are also nine national parks, two of which include the mountain groups of the Simien and the Bale, while the others lie in the Rift Valley towards Kenya. The unforeseeable wild landscapes are surely the main attraction of these parks, where many of the animal species are protected, and some of them are endemic to the area. The proximity of Ethiopia to the Equator and the variety of its habitats make it one of the richest countries in Africa in wild bird life. Historical and geographical notes Ethiopia (Abyssinia) is located in the east of Africa, commonly known as the Horn of Africa. It covers an area of 1,1 12,000kmq, twice the territory of France, and has an estimated population of 58,000,000 inhabitants with 80 ethnic groups. It is bounded on the northeast by Eritrea and Djibouti , on the east and southeast by Somalia, on the south by Kenya and on the west by Sudan. The Ethiopian landscape is dominated by a volcanic plateau with an average altitude of 2000 meters, which decreases towards the country's borders on three sides. The Rift Valley begins at the Red Sea and traverses the Danakil desert (which contains the lowest point on the earth) continuing towards the south of Ethiopia and Mozambique. It is almost certain that human beings and their hominid ancestors evolved in the eastern zone of the Rift Valley: Lucy, our most distant ancestor, who lived 3.5 million years ago, was found in the Awash Valley. Ethiopia has a very strong cultural identity, which has been preserved thanks to a long period of independence, lasting practically until present times. According to legend the first Ethiopian king, Menelik, was the son of the biblical king Solomon and the queen of Sheba. Things to See, The historical sites of:- the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Axum, The Blue Nile Falls, The castle of Gondar. But History and nature are not the only attractions of this surprising country. It is a unique experience to come into contact with its people, so deeply rooted in their traditional culture, to participate in religious rites in one of the many Coptic churches, to meet native populations like the Hamer, the Mursi, the Caro and the many others whose lifestyle is hard to imagine today, so far is it from our modern life For More informations, please visit In Addis Ababa, you can visit the national museum, the ethnographic museum, the biggest open air market of Africa which is called Mercato, and many historical and interesting sites.

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