The largest city of Ethiopia and its capital city at the same time is Addis Abeba, which in Amharic means “a new flower”. It is located in the center of the country, 2400 above the sea. It is one of the highest-located capital cities in the world. According to many sources, Addis Abeba is third in such classification, after Bolivian La Paz and Ecuador’s Quito. However, La Paz is not an official capital city of its country, so we can move the Ethiopian city up to the second place. We present the one-day visit schedule. if possible, we can include some other attractions of the capital city of Ethiopia.
Visitng Addis Abeba will begin with seeing the orthodox cathedral of the Holy Trinity. It is the most important church in Ethiopia. In this church, there is a mausoleum of the last emperor of Ethiopia – Haile Selasje. his wife is also buried there. Then, we will see the National Museum, that is said to be one of the most important museums in whole Sub-Saharian Africa. 3,2 million-years old bones of our grand grand …. ancestor – Lucy, are one of the most famous exhibit of their collection. The attention of visitors is drawn by a rich collection of insignia of emperor and churches, costumes and weapons. The oldest exhibits are rock sculptures and inscriptions from the times of Queen Saba, found near Aksum and in today’s Eritrea.
The ethnographic museum, that is a next stop on our trip in Addis Abeba, is located in the University. It was found and managed by Polish scientists, professor Stanisław Chojnacki. Probably the most interesting part of the exhibition is a collection of crosses and icons. The museum should be visited by amateurs of folklore instruments, since the collection of them gathered in the museum is impressive.
The lunch break will take place in the restaurant serving Ethiopian dishes and local beer. e.g in “Ambassador” with a large garden.
After lunch, we will climb the Entoto hill located 3200 m above the sea. Here located was the capital city of Ethiopia, before Menelik II moved it to Addis Abeba. The king’s palace remained until today. The local museum exhibits crowns belonging to kings and church, costumes and insignia.
The final attraction of the day in Addis Abeba will be a trip through Merkato, which is believed to be the biggest marketplace in Africa.
After visiting, we will escort you to the chosen hotel or to the airport.