With a growing population of 2 million people, Addis Ababa is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia. Located at the geographic center of the nation the city is the political and cultural center. Founded in 1896 by Emperor Menelik II, Addis Ababa is the last in a succession of capitals of the great Abyssinian empire dating back to the pre-Christian Axum. The city has interesting museums and churches - but most notable is the continent's largest open air market. The Addis Merkato, located in the Addis Ketema district of western Addis Ababa, is the primary retail, wholesale and distribution point for the city and the central highlands.
(Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum)
Recommended Rare Beauty. A complete exploration of the high altitude "Switzerland of Africa", including Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum.
(Addis Ababa, Lalibela)
An ancient world of incense and ceremony, with startling landscapes that boast animals unseen anywhere else on earth, Ethiopia inspires awe and wonder in all who enter into its magic.
Ethiopia is not a destination for those who seek thrills; it is a destination for those who wish to be moved.
(Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum, Lake Langano, Arba Minch, Jinka, Turmi, Yabelo, Awassa)
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