Attractions

Entoto Natural Park

Eucalyptus trees surround the mountain that is referred to as "the lung of Addis Abeba." The woodland, which is hardly ever used, has been transformed into a captivating park with a wide range of amenities. Facilities indoors and outside in the multi-purpose park were constructed primarily with local resources. It has a variety of amenities, including cafes, restaurants, horseback riding, spas, an artificial lake, Go-carting, biking, a library, a movie theater, and sports facilities. There are also playgrounds for kids and art galleries. Hiking in this environment means getting away from the hectic and busy Addis Ababa and breathing in some fresh air.

Washa Natural Park

Washa Mikael rock-hewn church is one of the best and most under-appreciated rock-hewn churches in Addis Abeba. The Washa Mikael rock-hewn chapel is more than 1,600 years old and was cut out of a sizable single rock. The arc angel St. Michael is honored in the parish. If you're a traveler with limited time in Addis Abeba, you should stop by this location to get a peek of the churches in the Gheralta Mountains or the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

Entoto Maryam Church 

The Entoto Maryam Church, also known as Entoto St. Mary Zion, is one of the oldest churches in the Addis Abeba area. It was established between 1877 and 1885. The church is regarded as Entoto Mountain's crown and offers the greatest view of Addis Abeba. The church's octagonal shape makes it interesting to observe. The facade is embellished with pastel railing, painted glass panels, and cross-shaped wooden curves. Stone that has been carved is used to build the complete wall. The church's interior is divided into three sections by concentric chambers. Near the chapel, there is a museum where some of Emperor Menelik II's and Empress Taitu's personal items are on exhibit for visitors to see. Traditional clothing, the crowns of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu, their royal bed, various royal jewels, and a mirror that Queen Victoria gave to Empress Taitu of Ethiopia are just a few of the historical artifacts on display. In addition to the museum, this location is home to the first eucalyptus tree planted in Ethiopia, which was imported from Australia, and the former palace of Emperor Menilik.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Emperor Haile Selassie I started work on the huge and elaborate cathedral of the Holy Trinity church in 1936 and finished it in 1944. It is one of Ethiopia's churches with some of the best stained glass windows, wide interiors, and well-designed architecture. In addition to being the final resting place for Haile Selassie, his wife, and the Patriots who fought to free Ethiopia from the Italians, the grounds also contain a small but powerful mausoleum to the leaders who were assassinated after the Emperor's overthrow.

Afewerk Tekle's depiction of the Holy Trinity, with Matthew represented as a man, Mark as a lion, Luke as a cow, and John as a dove peering through the clouds, as well as the enormous stone coffins of the Emperor and his wife, as well as some artifacts from the Emperor's time, are among the grand murals inside the church. Angels and the four authors of the Bible are depicted on statues outside. The grave of renowned British feminist Sylvia Pankhurst is located to the west of the cathedral. Sylvia, who relocated to Addis Abeba in 1956, was one of the few individuals outside of Ethiopia who opposed Italy's occupation.A small museum with over 146 different religious manuscripts, icons, ceremonial objects, paintings, gold- and silver-embroidered robes, umbrellas, crosses, and books from the 15th century AD is also located on the property.

Anwar Mosque

The Anwar mosque, also known as a masjid, is the biggest and one of the oldest in Addis Abeba. By 1922, the mosque is thought to have been built. The white and green colors of the masjid's architecture are lovely.

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Given its extensive and irreplaceable collections, the national museum of Ethiopia is arguably one of the most notable institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The museum preserves significant paleontological, historical, and cultural objects, including the well-known 3.2 million-year-old Lucy skeleton. There are four primary sections to the museum. The human-made paleontological findings and some incredible extinct species are kept in the basement or underground area. The pre-Aksumite, Aksumite, Solomonic, and Gonderian eras are the main topics on the ground floor. A magnificent 4th century BC rock-hewn chair decorated with legendary ibexes, an exquisite pre-1st century AD bronze oil lamp, old Sabaean inscriptions, and opulent royal memorabilia are all on display.

From early (perhaps 14th-century) parchment through 20th-century canvas oil paintings by eminent modern artists, Ethiopian art is brilliantly displayed on the first level. One of the more prominent pieces is the enormous African Heritage by Afewerk Tekle. This is also where you can find the painting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba meeting. A selection of secular arts and crafts, such as antique weapons, jewelry, kitchenware, apparel, and musical instruments, may be found on the second floor.

Ethnography Museum

At the Ethnological Museum, a former imperial palace of Haile Sellassie that preserves the culture of Ethiopian countries, you can see the imperial bedroom and a range of tribal heritage. Impressive collection of artifacts that are expertly arranged and detailed in historical settings, representing more than 80 different linguistic groups. Explore the collection, which is regarded as one of the best in Africa, to gain a deeper comprehension of the complex history of the nation. Eastern Orthodox saints painted on wood, ornate censers, illuminated medieval manuscripts, jewelry made of cowry shells, woodwork statues and carved stones, folk instruments, and exquisite neck rests all serve to illustrate the full complexity of Ethiopian traditional life and culture.

UNITY PARK

The park offers a wide variety of attractions to see, including the black-manned Ethiopian lion zoo, the banquet hall built by Emperor Menelik ll, the ostrich and unity zoo that houses Meerkat, Aquarium, Peacocks, Cheetah, White Lions, and Wild canines, Gelada Baboons, Aviary, and Safari. In addition, the park has a pavilion honoring Ethiopia's numerous racial and ethnic groupings. An electronic display located within the banquet hall allows one to learn about the most important events in Ethiopian history up to the present.

MERCATO

At Mercato , a throng of people, stalls, and commodities totally engaged in free enterprise, everything pauses as a herd of goats crosses the road. Avoid the heavily loaded donkeys and the quick-footed porters carrying gigantic odd-sized burdens on their head. The mercato, often regarded as Africa's biggest market, is a unique experience that offers everything from strong Ethiopian spices and the best coffee in the world to silver jewelry and shoe shines. Few places provide the chance to discover some order and beauty among what appears to be complete chaos.

Address: Gulele Sub city woreda 08, Kebele 09/15 Addis Ababa. 

Addisu Gebaya before Total Gas Station

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