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    Tourists Guide To Addis Ababa & General Information

    Addis Ababa is in the middle of Ethiopia and is the Capital City of the Country. It was founded in 1886 and has a population believed to be close to 5 million. Addis Ababa is a City-State (Chartered City), and is where the African Union is based.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Addis Ababa

    Addis Ababa is diverse, where more than 80 different Nationalities reside, speaking over 80 languages. Addis Ababa is divided into 10 different regions or sub-cities.

    What You Need To Know About Addis Ababa

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Addis Ababa.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Addis Ababa?

    November to March is the best time to visit Addis Ababa.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Addis Ababa?

    You will need a Visa to visit Addis Ababa and any other part of Ethiopia.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Addis Ababa?

    When visiting Addis Ababa during the recommended period, it is advisable that you take warmer clothes, as it can get quite cold during this time. It is always worth packing some sandals and short sleeve shirts as well. A camera is essential!

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Addis Ababa?

    You currently do not need any vaccinations when travelling to Addis Ababa. You should make sure by asking your Travel Agent a few months prior to your visit.

    Transport & How To Get Around Addis Ababa?

    The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the busiest airport in the City and is where most of the commercial traffic passes through. When visiting this City, you can make use of the blue taxis, buses or light rail system (Similar to a tram). You can also rent your own vehicle and explore the City yourself.

    Attractions And Places To Visit In Addis Ababa

    The largest City in Ethiopia is Addis Ababa (Addis Abeba) and is also the Capital of the Country. There is a lot to do and see in the Ethiopian Capital, and there are many museums and historical attractions.

    Where To Go When Visiting Addis Ababa?

    Ethiopian National Museum

    This museum is not very well known or promoted for tourists, but is absolute must visit when in Addis Ababa. One of the most popular items on display is that of Lucy, an early hominid. There are all sorts of artifacts and historical features with thousands of years of history.

    Red Terror Museum

    This building is dedicated to teaching and education the public about the bad famine Ethiopia experienced in the 1990’s and many of the guides here experienced it first hand.

    Africa Hall

    This is the location where the United Nations conducts business in Ethiopia.

    Parliament Buildings

    These buildings have a rich history and are a must see.

    Shengo Hall

    This is the largest prefabricated building in the World and was built in Finland before being made up in Addis Ababa. It holds many conferences and conventions.

    Medhane Alem Cathedral

    The word means “Saviour of the World”, and it is the second largest church in Africa.

    St. George’s Cathedral

    This cathedral was built in the 1890’s to remember the Ethiopian victory of Italy. There is a small museum inside, and finding the entrance into this round building can be nearly impossible. The inside of the Cathedral is beautifully decorated and is well worth the visit.

    Some other places to visit and attractions not to be missed in Addis Ababa are:

    • Anwar Mosque 
    • Roman Catholic Cathedral of Nativity
    • Menelik’s Old Imperial Palace
    • National Palace
    • Ethiopian National Library
    • Ethiopian Ethnological Museum
    • Addis Ababa Museum
    • Ethiopian National History Museum
    • Ethiopian Railway Museum
    • National Postal Museum
    • Netsa Art Village
    • Gola St. Michael Church

    How Old Is Addis Ababa?

    Addis Ababa was founded in 1886, and the Empress Taytu Betul chose the site for the City.

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