Addis-Ababa, The city of legend (Part one )

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One year ago, we spent our Christmas holidays in Addis -Ababa , Capital city of Ethiopia. It is well known for its legend to be the Mother of humanity. With its cultural, historical and linguistic identity quite distinct from the rest of Africa, the City offers you great surprises and attractions.

In fact, Ethiopian people don’t celebrate the native season on 25th of December nor the new year on 1st of January. They will have Christmas celebration a few days later in January. Despite that, Addis Ababa is one of the largest city in Africa and still attracts a lot of tourists with its famous Museums, the ancient Palace of their Emperor, the Entoto hill, its food and traditional coffee…

We started our journey by visiting the famous National Museum of Ethiopia. Here, there is an exhibition of Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils. And where The fossilized skeleton, and a plaster replica of the famous early hominid Lucy is preserved. Her 1974 discovery in the Afar region of northwestern Ethiopia changed our understanding of human origins forever.

We headed a few hours later to the copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, built in a neo-baroque architectural style. The cathedral’s exterior provides an interesting glimpse into many episodes of Ethiopia’s history , with its large copper dome, many statues and pinnacles . The tombs of the 20th-century including Emperor Haile Selassie  and Empress Menen Asfaw are inside Holy Trinity Cathedral. You can make a visit with a guide to explain the historical and Orthodox context .

As a city of legend, Addis-Ababa deserves it well. So we will be leaving theses historical legends to discover more about Ethiopian people’s culture in my next post.

Wishing you all happy festive season !

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