Addis Ababa - Capital City

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia. Its name means 'New Flower' and was founded in 1887 by Emperor Menelik. With a population of almost 4 million it is by far the largest city in the country, a bustling place full of interest, color and life. Addis   between 2300 and 2500 metres above sea level and has a delightful climate. The city is the diplomatic capital of Africa and is the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). There are more than 70 Embassies and consular representatives in the city.

Addis is also the third highest capital city in the world after La Paz and Quito.

Almost all tourists arriving by air enter Ethiopia through Addis Ababa. There is much of interest to see and experience in Addis. It has several excellent museums, historical churches and a visit to the largest open air market in Africa (the Mercato) is fascinating. Visitors can take a guided tour around the city and finish off their day with an evening at a cultural  restaurant enjoying  traditional food, music and dancing. The city is good for souvenir shopping, including jewellery, traditional cloth and costumes and cultural artefacts.

The city is in the midst of a major urban transformation and is modernising rapidly. The Government is actively building major roads and a city rail system. There is now  a wide range of quality hotels and modern conveniences.

Within easy reach of Addis are many places of interest to visit as half day or day trips. These include Debre Libanos monastery, Adadi Mariam rock church, the Tiya Stelae, Wenchi Crater Lake, Melka Kunture palaeo-anthropological site, Menengesha National Park,Debre Zeit and its Crater Lakes.



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