Ethiopia: Addis Ababa – Exploring the City

Addis Ababa means “new flower” and the city was purposefully built as the country’s capital backbeat the end of the 19th century. Well it doesn’t feel much like a flower – it’s very large (3.5 million people), very chaotic, dusty, dirty, and disorderly. Major attractions include Holy Trinity Cathedral (previous post), several other large and small cathedrals, various monuments celebrating struggle against Italy, the National museum which has the remains of Lucy, the oldest humanid on Earth. Nice panoramic views of the city can be had from the hills in the north. Another place worth seeing is the massive Mercato (market) sprawling over several city blocks – it’s beyond crazy – but anything and everything is for sale at this supposedly largest market in Africa.