THE CAPITAL OF ETHIOPIA!
Founded in 1887, Addis Ababa meaning “New Flower” is the capital city of Ethiopia. Located at the center of country and placed at the foothills of Entoto Mountains, the capital is the political, social, economic and cultural hearth of Ethiopia. The headquarters of African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Comission for Africa (UN-ECS) are placed at Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is located in the Bole region 6 km southeast of the city. The best way of reaching the city from the airport is by taxi. Many hotels operate free shuttle services from the airport. Transportation within the city consists of buses, minibuses, or taxis. Public transportation is cheap, but can be irregular and slow, making taxis the preferred choice among tourists.
There are both luxury hotels and cheaper options in Addis Ababa. The luxury hotels are mostly in the eastern part of the city. The top hotels in the city: Sheraton Addis, Hotel Intercontinental-Addis, Radisson Blu Hotel, Hilton Addis Ababa, Capital Hotel and Spa, Jupiter International Hotel-Bole, The Residence Suite Hotel, Addissinia Hotel, Caravan Hotel, Addis Regency Hotel, Tizeze Hotel, Siyonat Hotel, Jupiter International Hotel-Cazanchis, Harmony Hotel, Nazra Hotel, Dreamliner Hotel and Monarch Hotel.
Addis Ababa has no city center. The unplanned structuring is the result of the natural evolution. The city is mainly divided into three regions. The East Part is home to important governmental and educational structures. Here, Menelik and Jubilee Palaces, Meskal (Revolution) Square and Hilton Hotel is located. The Central Part is the commercial section of the city. The City Hall, St. George Cathedral, the headquarters of National and Commercial Banks are existed here. The West Part is the center for the trade in Addis Ababa. The Grand Mosque which is one of the best ones existed in the city is placed at this section. Medhane Alem (Savior of the World) Cathedral of the capital is the 2nd largest cathedral in Africa. Africa Park located near UN-ECS is one the beautiful parks of Addis Ababa. The park was built by Sheik Mohammed Alamudin. The capital hosts many valuable museums. Ethiopian Ethnography Museum, Ethiopian National Museum, Addis Ababa Museum, Ethiopian Natural History Museum, Ethiopian Railway Museum and National Postal Museum are among the most popular ones. You should see the excellent collection of the Ethnography Museum to know the ethnic structure of Ethiopia. The National Museum is shown as one of the most significant museums in Africa. Also, Ethiopian National Library is found in the city.
Addis Ababa shopping world is wonderful and well-equiped. Shops spread in the city are stocked with all kinds of goods. Local leather products and jewellery are in high demand. The town shops present a great range of alternatives for all kinds of curiosities. The largest market of Africa is found in Addis Ababa. Including a wide range of goods and products, Addis Merkato is located at the Addis Ketema District. Being the largest open air market in Africa, Merkato is home to every kind of local agricultural products. Every kind of the tasty city coffe is found here. In addition, from antiques to fashionable products, you will find shopping world of a broad range in Merkato.
The cosmopolitan structure of Addis Ababa is realized in its culture, too. The city is home to people from 80 nationalities and different religion communities. The National Theater placed at the center and Hagher Fikir Theater located at the Piazza District are two of the main theaters of Addis Ababa. Hager Fikir founded in 1935 is the oldest theater in Africa. The modern music and drama of Ethopia was born and developed at this theater.