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Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa
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By Air

The city is served by Bole International Airport, where a new terminal opened in 2003.The old Lideta Airport in the western "Old Airport" district is used mostly by small craft and military planes and helicopters.Addis Ababa also has had a railway connection with Djibouti City, with a picturesque French style railway station,but the railway no longer operates.

By Train

A light rail system is planned in September 2010.Ethiopian Railway Corp reached a funding agreement with Export and Import Bank of China.Plans include a 30km network with two lines an east-west line from Ayat to the Torhailoch ringroad,and from Menelik Square to Merkato Bus Station, Meskel Square and Akaki.

By Bus

Public transportation is through public buses from Anbessa City Bus Service Enterprise or blue and white share taxis.The taxis are usually minibuses that can seat at most twelve people.Two people are responsible for each taxi, the driver and a weyala who collects fares and calls out the taxi's destination.

By Road

The construction of the Addis Ababa Ring Road was initiated in 1998 to implement the city master plan and enhance peripheral development.The Ring Road was divided into three major phases that connect all the five main gates in and out of Addis Ababa with all other Regions (Jimma, Debre Zeit, Asmara, Gojjam and Ambo).For this project, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was the partner of Addis Ababa City Roads Authority (AACRA).The Ring Road has greatly helped to decongest and alleviate city car traffic.

Key places to visit
Hager Fikir Theatre, Meskel Square, St. George's Cathedral, National Museum, Shengo Hall, Anwar Mosque, Medhane Alem, Menelik's old Imperial Palace


Places to Visit

Hager Fikir Theatre

In Addis Ababa is not only the theatre with the greatest tradition in Ethiopia but also the oldest indigenous theatre in Africa. It stands for more than 70 years of cultural life in Addis Ababa.It is a playhouse where modern Ethiopian music and drama were born and nurtured.Many stars like Aster Aweke,Tilahun Gessesse and Frew Hailu began their careers on the stage of Hager Fikir Theatre.Both traditional Ethiopian plays and translations of European playwrights by William Shakespeare,Friedrich Schiller,Henrik Ibsen and Molière have been produced at Hager Fikir Theatre in recent decades.After the downfall of the Derg Regime in 1991, the Hager Fikir Theatre continued its work.Nowadays, more than 100 people work for the theatre,among these are around 40 actors and singers.Movie performances are on schedule most of the days.Theatre plays are performed on weekend and musical shows are on stage on public holidays.

Meskel Square

Is a square in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.It is often a site for public gathering or for demonstrations and festivals, notably, the Meskel Festival from which it takes its name.The Meskel Festival has been celebrated for over 1,600 years.The word "Meskel" means "cross" and the festival commemorates the moment when the crucifix was revealed to Empress Helena of Constantinople, mother of Constantine the Great.The festival is also seen as a moment to welcome in the spring season by displaying the distinctive yellow Meskel daisies.

St. George's Cathedral

Is an Orthodox cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.It is noted for its distinctive octagonal form. It is located at the northern end of Churchill Road in the city.Empress Zewditu of Ethiopia was crowned at this Cathedral in 1917, and Emperor Haile Selassie was crowned there in 1930, and it became a pilgrimage site for Rastafarians.The Cathedral has a museum, and an Imperial throne is on display as is the stained glass works of artist Afewerk Tekle.Given the reason why the cathedral was named, it displays weaponry used in the wars against the Italians including curved swords and tridents and giant helmets made from the manes of lions.

National Museum

Is the primary museum in Ethiopia.It is located in the nation's capital, Addis Ababa, near the graduate school of Addis Ababa University.The museum houses the nation's artistic treasures as well as many of the most precious archaeological finds such as the fossilized remains of early hominids, the most famous of which is "Lucy," the partial skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus afarensis.Recently added to the basement gallery is a display on Selam, found between 2000 and 2004.Estimated to be 3.3 million years old, this.Afarensis specimen is considered to be the earliest child.

Shengo Hall

Built by the Derg regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam as its new parliament hall.The Shengo Hall was the world's largest pre-fabricated building,which was constructed in Finland before being assembled in Addis Ababa.It is used for large meetings and conventions.

Right Time to Visit

January - June
June - December