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The White/New Flower

Addis Ababa means the White/ New flower, but why I don't know.
It was founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1886 on a site chosen by his wife Taytu Batul.
Five million people, three million of whom arrived since the 1991 revolution, live in the capital. The city was only founded in 1886 but was nearly abandoned due to lack of fuel wood until the introduction of eucalypts to the area.
The main shopping street is Churchill Ave.

The Ethnographic Museum is an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia's rich ethnic diversity. The National Museum is smaller, but has the fossils of 3.5-million-year-old 'Lucy', our earliest ancestor discovered so far.

Mercato is the largmarket of open-air stalls, where you can buy everything you could ever think of.

  • Last visit to Addis Ababa: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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