28 Facts About Addis Ababa


Addis Ababa is a highly developed and important cultural, artistic, financial and administrative centre of Ethiopia.

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Addis Ababa became the empire's capital in 1889, and subsequently international embassies were opened.

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Addis Ababa saw a wide-scale economic boom in 1926 and 1927, and an increase in the number of buildings owned by the middle class, including stone houses filled with imported European furniture.

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Mount Entoto, a high tableland to the north of current Addis Ababa, is one of a handful of sites put forward as a possible location for a medieval imperial capital known as Barara.

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The suggestion that Barara was located on Mount Entoto is supported by the very recent discovery of a large medieval town overlooking Addis Ababa located between rock-hewn Washa Mikael and the more modern church of Entoto Maryam, founded in the late 19th century.

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Addis Ababa transformed the city by recognizing an importance of modernization and urbanization, he distributed wealth to support emerging class.

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Italian ambition regarding Addis Ababa was to create beautified colonial capital city along with new master plan launched by seven architects such as Marcello Piacentini, Alessandro Bianchi, Enrico Del Debbio, Giuseppe Vaccaro, Le Corbusier, Ignazio Guidi and Cesare Valle.

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Addis Ababa was the site of the Council of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in 1965.

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Addis Ababa used two formula concentrating an integration Addis Ababa with suburbs of rural areas and developing inner-city.

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Addis Ababa is located in the heart of the Oromia state and the major ecosystem services to the city provided by Oromia state.

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Addis Ababa has a subtropical highland climate with precipitation varying considerably by the month.

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Under the Ethiopian Constitution of 1995, the city of Addis Ababa is one of the two federal cities that are accountable to the Federal Government of Ethiopia.

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Residents of Addis Ababa are represented in the federal legislature, the House of Peoples' Representatives.

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Addis Ababa's is the first woman to hold mayorship since its creation in 1910.

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However, the opposition who won in Addis Ababa did not take part in the government both on the regional and federal levels.

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Addis Ababa is considered to be extremely safe in comparison to the other cities in the region.

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Addis Ababa is the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union.

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Notable taller architecture in Addis Ababa includes the CBE headquarters, NIB international bank, Zemen bank, Hibret bank, Huda Tower, Nani Tower, Bank Misr Building, as well as the approved Angola World Trade Center Tower, Abyssinia Bank Tower, Mexico Square Tower, and the $200m AU Conference Center and Office Complex.

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Addis Ababa is a melting pot of different communities throughout the country's regions, along with Dire Dawa.

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Addis Ababa is home of many theatres, including the long run Hager Fikir Theatre, which served many prominent figures performance.

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Addis Ababa has a science museum built by MadaTech's exhibition crew.

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Addis Ababa has the largest mass media concentration in the country.

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Addis Ababa is a home of Addis Ababa Stadium, Abebe Bikila Stadium named after Shambel Abebe Bikila, and Nyala Stadiums.

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Emperor Menelik II started modernizing Addis Ababa by introducing new educational scheme in the early 20th century.

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Addis Ababa replaced this by centuries old traditional Christian schools with secular one.

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Addis Ababa University was founded in 1950 and was originally named "University College of Addis Ababa", then renamed in 1962 for the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I who had donated his Genete Leul Palace to be the university's main campus in the previous year.

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Addis Ababa originally had a railway connection with Djibouti City, with a picturesque French-style railway station, but this route has been abandoned.

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Addis Ababa opened its light rail system to the public on 20 September 2015.

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