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Adiss Abeba

Addis Ababa, the capital of modern ethiopia and gateway for most tourists, is the political and commercial capital of the country. Now a city of 4 million people, it was founded by Emperor Menelik in 1887.
The Menelik Mausoleum  1911, in the old Baata church, it serves as a tomb for princes and martyrs of freedom. Built to house the tomb of Emperor Menelik II, it also includes the graves of members of his family and the Emperor Haile Selassie.
Addis Ababa is built in the foothills of Entoto, and the panorama from the peak (3200m), either by day night, is a breathtaking spectacle. The church of St Mary overlooks the entire city and the surrounding area. The Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth visit.

ADDIS ABABA

DAY TOUR IN ADDIS ABABA

NATIONAL MUSEUM

This museum exhibits the long history and culture of the country from prehistoric times. The 3.5 million year old skeleton of Dinkinesh(Lucy), the oldest human in the world is also, exhibited in this museum. Other attractions are archaeological findings from the Axumite period starting from 1st B.C. dating back over 2000 years. Ceremonial costumes, battle dresses and artifacts from different parts of the country are also, exhibited.

MT. ENTOTO

Mount Entoto is the best location to observe the panoramic view of Addis Ababa. This place attracted Menelik to build his capital until he was convinced by his wife Empress Taitu, to move the city to the lower parts where it is now located. On the top of this hill, stands St. Mary's church built in 1885.

TRINITY CATHEDRAL

Trinity Cathedral was built in 1941 and it is the largest and most magnificent of all modern churches in the country; ornamented with carvings and mosaics and other artistic works. The paintings of the saints and the apostles on stained glass can be seen.

GRAND MARKET (MERCATO)

Addis Ababa's grand market (Mercato)is one of the biggest open markets of its kind in all Africa. In Mercato, one can find anything that money can buy. A great variety of agricultural, industrial, conspicuous handicraft and other intrinsic products are found.

ONE AND TWO DAY TRIPS

Many interesting trips are possible from Addis Ababa such as to some of the beaurtiful lakes in the area like Debre Zeit, Ziway,Langano and,Awassa; the mineral hot springs and pools of Sodere,Wendo Genet or the Blue Nile Gorge and Awash National Park. Trips that can provide a taste of ancient Ethiopia inlude Adadi Mariam, Melke Konture, and Debre Libanos monastaries. These trips are educational and will be memorable to all history and nature lovers.