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Sightseeing in Addis Ababa - what to see. Complete travel guide

The city is a large industrial and economic center of Ethiopia, which is also known as a famous resort rich in historic sights. The cultural program offered to guests of Addis Ababa is diversified and can fit any taste. In this city there are several museums, from which the Museum of Arts and the Ethnographic Museum are surely worth visiting, the National Theatre, multiple exhibition centers and galleries.
A choice of hotels with romantic atmosphere in Addis Ababa is also quite large. Capital Hotel & Spa would be ideal for couples. Besides romantically decorated rooms with pleasant lighting … Open
The majority of tourists, who visit Addis Ababa, visit the central square of the city which is named after the emperor Menelik II. The square is the location of the famous statue of the emperor, who is pictured riding a horse. Here you will also find one of the most beautiful religious buildings – the Church of St. George. Walk or ride just several quarters to the south and you will see another magnificent square devoted to Haile Selassie I. The square is a home for the monument of a lion – the main symbol of Ethiopia. The castle of Menelik II is just several kilometers from this square. It was built in 1894 and is considered one of the most beautiful architectural sights of this city.
By the way, don’t forget to visit the National Museum and the Archeological Museum, and if museums are definitely not among your passions, you will like the excursion to the “Castle of Africa” – one of the largest and richest markets of Addis Ababa is located around this castle. The suburbs of this city are full of recreational zones and unique relic forests. Visitors are allowed to enter the territory of these reserved forests only together with local guides. Here you will see amazing juniper groves, eucalyptus forests and tremendously beautiful lakes. Menegasha natural reserve remains the most popular and most frequently visited place by tourists of all ages. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
A colourful Merkato market operates in the city. On weekends it turns into the real Tower of Babel. You can literally buy everything here, from popular spices and sweets to dozens of … Open
The Dire-Dawa market is located within the city, the largest one in Africa that is also among the outstanding attractions. This market began operating in 1902, and today it sells hundreds of different products. Some tourists go here looking for local souvenirs, whilst others come to buy jewellery made out of gold and precious stones.
Among those who like lengthy tours, Mount Entoto hikes are very popular. The mountain is 3000 meters high, and travellers can get to its summit either by car or on foot. At the top of the mountain plenty of fascinating surprises await the tourists. Here they will be able to see a beautiful garden and take a stroll across the observation platforms, from which a wonderful view of the city opens. At the top of the mountain there is an interesting historical museum, as well as another outstanding religious monument - the ancient Mariinsky church. It was built in 1885 and has been preserved to our days unchanged.
Addis-Ababa is a typical colonial city with many preserved historical buildings. It is not so easy to find interesting entertainments for children. Nevertheless, you can organize an … Open
Those interested in historical sites will be curious to visit the Church of St. George. This Church was built in 1896 and then completely destroyed during the fire in 1937, to be eventually completely restored 4 years later. The Church is connected with many interesting facts from the history of the city, for example, in 1917 the Empress Zewditu was crowned in it. Currently, part of the church is a museum, which contains a fascinating collection of ancient weapons and other historical artefacts.
For those fond of nature, suitable sights can be in the Menagesha National Park, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the capital of Ethiopia. This national park is the oldest one in Africa, and it was founded in the 15th century by the order of Emperor Zera Yacob. On site of this park is the Mount Mugl, which rises to 3380 meters. For tourists there are many interesting hiking routes. Some of them can be traversed only with the help of a guide, while others are suitable for independent walks. In this park also live leopards, birds, and various kinds of monkeys, so some areas can be visited with a guide only.
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Sightseeing in Ethiopia: things to see

The city of Lalibela is an important religious centre of Ethiopia – it’s territory includes 11 ancient churches. All the churches are located on the hills and some were made from solid rock. House of the Saviour of the World is the biggest church in Lalibela, and House of Miriam/House of Mary is the oldest church that amazes visitors with its architecture. There are many more ancient churches in the city, such as House of the Cross, House of Virgins and Church of Saint George. Quite an interesting fact – all the churches are connected to each other by a system of tunnels, so visitors can easily see all the sanctuaries located on different hills. … Open
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All about Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - sightseeings, attractions, touristic spots, architecture, history, culture and cuisine. Prepare your trip together with OrangeSmile.com - find out the 'must see' things in Addis Ababa, which places to visit, which excursions to take, where the breathtaking views are waiting for you. Planning your trip with this travel guide will help your to get the most out of Addis Ababa in few days.
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