Addis Ababa History

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, was founded in 1886 by Empress Taytu Betul and Emperor Menelik II.

The name Addis Ababa means new flower.

It’s just out of the great rift valley at an altitude between 2700m to 3200m above sea level and covers over 5000 square km which makes it the largest city in Ethiopia and most populous with a population of over 5 million.

Addis Ababa is also the political capital of Africa with the African Union headquartered here. It also has the largest open market in Africa ‘Mercato’ – which is part of our tours. Historically Addis Ababa is also home of ‘Lucy’ the first human remains ever found by Humans.

The tomb of Emperor Haile Silase, who is considered God in the Rasta community is also found in Addis Ababa.

Besides it’s rich history, Addis Ababa is also great for many tourist activities or the starting point for your Ethiopian adventure with plenty of day-trips and longer Ethiopian tours starting from our capital city.

If you’re in Addis Ababa for a short stay or a quick transit stopover, make sure to make the most of our city with our Full-Day or Half-Day City tours.

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