Tour to Harrar - Ethiopia Tours

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The city of Harar is an ancient (1520) and holy city. Harar was an important trading center.  The city is famous for its ancient buildings, its great city walls and as a center of Islamic learning . It is believed to be the fourth holiest city for Islam after Mecca, Medina & Jerusalem and it is on prestigious UNESCO heritage sites list.

The city is well known for its superb handicrafts that include woven textiles, basket ware, silverware and handsomely bound books. Harar has been a place of pilgrimage from all over the world for many years. Harar's attractions are: Harari homes are unique and reminiscent of coastal Arab architecture. Bowls, dishes, and basketry are hung in stylized fashion on the wall, but all are functional. As evening falls, local men attract wild hyenas to the city in a bizarre spectacle as they bravely feed these dangerous scavengers

The old town is home to 110 mosques and many more shrines, centered on Feres Magara Square. Notable buildings include Medhane Alem Cathedral,  the house of Ras Mekonnen, the house of Arthur Rimbaud, and the sixteenth century Jami Mosque. Harrar Bira Stadium is the home stadium for the Harrar Beer Bottling FC. One can also visit the market.

 

A long-standing tradition of feeding meat to spotted hyenas also evolved during the 1960s into an impressive night show for tourists

Other places of interest include the highest Amba overlooking the city, the Kondudo or "W" mountain, which hosts an ancient population of feral horses. A 2008 scientific mission has unleashed efforts for their conservation, as the animals are greatly endangered.

 

The Harar Brewery was established in 1984. Its beers can be sampled at the brewery social club adjacent to the brewery in Harar.

Intercity bus service is provided by the Selam Bus Line Share Company.

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