Addis Ababa City Tour

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altAddis Ababa (sometimes spelt Addis Abeba) is a diverse and riotous capital city of nearly three million souls, with roughly 80 different nationalities, and a multitude of religious and language groups making up its colourful population.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Entoto, the city was founded in the late 1800s by Ethiopian emperor Menelik II and was later occupied by the Italians during the second Italo-Abyssinian War. When Ethiopians regained control, Emperor Haile Selassie immediately set about rebuilding the capital and formed the Organisation of African Unity, replaced by today's African Union, which has its headquarters in the city.
Addis Ababa is also home to the world-renowned early hominid Lucy - her fossilised skeleton, as well as a replica, are housed in the Ethiopian National Museum. The city also boasts the largest open market in Africa (in the Merkato district), several interesting mosques and cathedrals, as well as the world's largest prefabricated building, Shengo Hall, and Menelik's old Imperial Palace, which is the official seat of the Ethiopian government.

Addis Ababa is an interesting mix of poverty and wealth, urbanisation with great hotels and amazing restaurants and nature (the city is surrounded by forests and cultivated land). It is a dynamic capital, but has its fair share of unemployment, petty crime and destitution. Addis Ababa, however, is well worth exploring, as there are plenty of 'diamonds in the rough' to be uncovered.The capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is developing into an important tourist destination in the world. The various attractions of Addis Ababa have fascinated travelers and tourists from a long time. The rich cultural and traditional history of the city is evident in the many places of tourist attractions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Some of the important tourist attractions at Addis Ababa are as follows

Shengo Hall: The hall is used for hosting meetings and conventions in Ethiopia. It was built during the Derg Regime as a parliament hall.
Menelik's Old Imperial Palace: This is one of the popular attractions at Addis Ababa, which is frequented by large numbers of people annually.
Ethiopian National Museum: Easily accessible from all parts of Addis Ababa, the National Museum is a marvelous structure that has attracted numerous tourists and travelers since a long time.

Africa Hall: This is the place, where most of theUnited Nations' offices are based in Ethiopia. The African Union was also born at this particular place in Addis Ababa.

National Palace: Earlier know as the Jubilee Palace, the palace is presently the residence of the President of Ethiopia.

Holy Trinity Cathedral: This is one of the largest Ethiopian orthodox cathedrals. The cathedral is the burial place of many eminent personalities in the country.

The cathedral was constructed to commemorate the liberation of Ethiopia from the Italians.

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