Top Attractions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ranked #1 in Ethiopia Tourism
Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia. It is the headquarters of the U.N. Economic Commissions for African Union. The city has many noteworthy places, which attract tourists from all parts of the world.
Top Attractions in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is home to the National Museum of Ethiopia, which exhibits artistic treasures and valuable archaeological findings like fossilized remnants of early hominids. The replica of Lucy, an early hominid is one of the must see exhibits in the museum. You can see a wide range of artifacts, from clothing to sculptures to art works here. It houses modern artworks as well. The first floor of the museum has objects from ancient and medieval periods and memorabilia from former sultans. Visiting the museum can help you get a glimpse of the rich culture of Ethiopia.
Meskel Square is one of the important places to visit in Addis Ababa. It is the site for public gatherings especially during the Meskel Festival. The festival is celebrated to welcome spring season.
St. George’s Cathedral
St. George’s Cathedral in Addis Ababa is an Orthodox church renowned for its octagonal shape. A few emperors and empresses of Ethiopia were crowned at this cathedral. The Cathedral is home to a museum that displays stained glass works of famous artist Afewerk Tekle. It also exhibits weapons that were used in the wars against Italians. You can see giant helmets made from the manes of lions and curved swords in this museum.
National Palace in Addis Ababa is also referred to as jubilee palace, as it was constructed in the year 1955 to commemorate the silver jubilee year of Emperor Haile Selassie. The Ethiopian Government is planning to convert the palace into a museum.
Located near Bole International Airport, this Orthodox cathedral attracts locals and foreigners. It is the second largest cathedral in Africa.
Gola St. Michael Church
The church is located at the heart of the city. It is one of the oldest churches. You can see the paintings of many famous Ethiopian artists here.
Food is very cheap in Addis Ababa. Ensure that you try the local food injera. You can find a lot of cafes that serve a drink called sprice juice. You can find traditional Ethiopian foods in all the restaurants and a few restaurants serve western food.
How to get to Addis Ababa
Bole International Airport serves the city. Many International airlines serve with daily flights from/to Europe, Asia and United States. From the airport, you can take private taxis. The roads in the city are in good condition, so you can reach the city by car as well.