The capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was founded in 1886 by Menelik II and it was named Addis Ababa or New Flower by Empress Taitu in 1887.
The city of Addis Ababa is located in the central highlands of the country, at an altitutde of 2,000 to 2,500 meters above sea level it has a generally temperate climate. Addis Ababa is not only the political center; it is also the social, commercial and cultural heart of the country. Addis Ababa is also the seat of the head quarters of the Africa Union and the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the European Commission, the World Development Program and other international organizations also have offices there. Over-all, 24 international and continental institutions’ offices are found in the city, In addition to these, there are more than 103 foreign embassies and diplomatic missions in the city.
The city of Addis Ababa has about eight principal museums, each museums specializing in different aspects of the country’s rich heritage. Exhibits in the museums depict Ethiopia’s ancient culture, rich history and beautiful natural endowments..
There are many opportunities to experience Ethiopian music, songs and dance. Traditional restaurants abound in Addis Ababa and offer entertainment in the form of the ubiquitous masenqo, minstrels and traditional dance groups. There are also many other specialized restaurants in the city, including Chinese, Italian, French. Indian, Armenian, Arabic and Greek.
SIHGTSEEING OF ADDIS ABABA
The national museum has four main sections. It houses numerous archaeological and historical finds including the famous Lucy the most complete hominid fossil. Many other fossils and stone tools can also be seen.
The museum is on the main campus of Addis Ababa University next to the Institute of Ethiopian Studies it aims to preserve the country's historical and cultural heritage. It has complete collections that describe almost all the tribal groups in Ethiopia. Here you will get an overview of the history, culture and traditions of the people of Ethiopia.
The cathedral was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1941 and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. This beautiful church in a baroque style of European architecture is unique to both Ethiopia and Africa. Here you will find scripts of the imperial families, statues done by a Greek sculptor stained glass windows of senses from the Old and New Testament in the Bible and the coffins of Emperor Haile Selassie-I; the founder of the church, and his wife.
It is the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters, which was the site for the first palace of Emperor Menelik-II, the founder of Addis Ababa. Here there is St. Mary church, where Emperor Menelik crowned Emperor in it and you will admire the stupendous views of the city with its surrounding plains and volcanic cones together with its breathtaking air.
The church of Baata was built in 1911and serves as tomb for emperors, prices and martyrs of freedom. Originally, it was built to house the tomb of Emperor Minilik II. Later, it included the graves of members of his family.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 July 2012 16:29)