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Addis Ababa (1896 - present)


Addis Ababa, which means "New Flower" in Amharic, Ethiopia's official language, was founded in 1896 by Emperor Menilik II. It is the last in a succession of capitals of the great Abyssinian empire dating back to the pre-Christian Axum. With a growing population of two million people, it is the largest city of the country. Addis Ababa is the political center of the country and home of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). More than 95 embassies from all over the world have their missions in Addis Ababa.

Among others, places to see in Addis include the Jubilee Palace, Africa Hall, Menelik Mausoleum, Merkato, the National Museum and the Trinity Cathedral.

 


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