The Capital of Ethiopia – Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia, and is a great place to tour and learn the ancient history of Ethiopia. The name Addis Ababa means “a new flower.” Prior to Addis Ababa, Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia. People from a variety of ethnic backgrounds live in the city, and the capital is a city of tourist attractions.
Addis Ababa was founded in 1886 by Emporer Menelik II. The area was chosen by his wife who began work in the churches. A nearby town was considered, but did not provide as a source of food and water. Other noble men also settled in the near vicinity. Menelik’s house was expanded and became the Imperial Palace. The palace remains as the seat of government today.
Visitors of the city can see the continued planting of Eucalyptus trees. In the surrounding areas various fossil discoveries have been made of human remains. For example, the discovery of Australopithecine Lucy has been made and can be seen in a museum.
Temperatures in the area remain constant throughout the year. Recently, the population of Addis Ababa was nearing 3 million people. Nearly all residents have access to clean drinking water. The city also holds several trades which strengthen the economy. This includes manufacturing, industries, various homemaking, transportation, social services, health and education. The residents also provide diverse options in hotels, catering, gardening, as well as other trades. The city is also the home of a popular Addis Ababa University.
There are a variety of landmarks in Addis Ababa which attract tourists. The Ethiopian National Museum, Meskel Square (city of squares), Ethiopian Railway Museum, Addis Abba Museum, and the National Postal Museum are just a few. St. George’s Cathedral and the Holy Trinity Cathedral are some of the popular builds.
One of the oldest theaters in Ethiopia is located in the district of Piazza. The parliament building also attracts visitors to see its clock tower. The nearby Entoto Mountain brings naturalistic beauty to the city.
Addis Ababa brings so many things to the community, as well as to those who chose to visit. The area is definitely a must see for those who are interested in learning more about Ethiopian culture and history.