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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Addis Ababa,the capital city of Ethiopia and Africa, is a culturally rich city that offers so much to see do and enjoy! You can visit monuments, museums, market places, modern city architectures, historical houses, old churches, mosques and people's activities.

 

AlekeB hotel's fantastic location offers you the opportunity to view many of the top tourist attractions by foot or a short drive. Our front desk can even arrange tours for you with local tour operators. Here are a few of the many loved tourist attractions our city offers...

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ETHIOPIA
(6.9 km from AlekeB hotel)

ADDIS MERCATO
(5.1 km from AlekeB hotel)

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The National Museum of Ethiopia exhibits

archaeological and paleoanthropological, objects from ancient and medieval periods such as the fossilized remains of early hominids, the most famous of which is Lucy as well as a display on Selam, that is estimated to be 3.3 million years old. The museum also displays Ethiopian regalia and memorabilia from former rulers, artistic treasures and a collection of secular arts and crafts.

ETHNOLIGAL MUSEUM ADDIS ABABA
(7.7 km from AlekeB hotel)

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The Ethnological Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies is housed in the former palace of Haile Selassie, which is now within the main Sidist Kilo campus of the Addis Ababa University. The museum has over 13 000 items which includes paintings, religious/secular manuscripts, crosses, icons, gold and silver embroidered robes, ceremonial items, books and umbrellas - some of which dates from the early Aksumite time.

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If you’re a market lover, one place you can’t miss when you visit Addis Ababa is Addis Mercato. Addis Mercato or simply known as Mercato is the largest open-air market in Africa. Mercato covers several square miles and employs approximately 13 000 people in 7 100 business entities. At the market there’s a section for just about anything you can imagine although the primary goods available is locally produced farming products, especially coffee.

RED TERROR MARTYR'S MEMORIAL MUSEUM
(4.2 km from AlekeB hotel)

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This museum was established in 2010 as a memorial to those who died during the Red Terror under the Derg government. It's exhibits a pictorial history, torture instruments, photos of the victims, coffins, skulls and bones and bloody clothes. The museum offers free tours of the museum during which guides describe the history leading up to the Red Terror , actions taken against citizens who opposed the Derg, treatment of the prisoners and how they secretly communicated with each other.

HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL
(6.4 km from AlekeB hotel)

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This massive, ornate cathedral is the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife Empress Menen Asfaw. Their massive Aksumite-style granite tombs are located inside the cathedral. The cathedral’s impressive exterior consists of a large copper dome, multiple statues, spindly pinnacles and fantastic mixture of international architectural styles that offers an interesting view into the many episodes of Ethiopia’s history.

LION OF JUDAH MONUMENT
(3.1 km from AlekeB hotel)

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You wil find this monument in the square of the Addis Ababa railway station. This sculpture of the Lion of Judah is gilded in bronze on a black granite pedestal decorated with relief portraits of emperors Menelik II, Haile Selassie I, Zewditu, and Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael. After the 1974 revolution, the Derg regime wanted to remove the monument, symbol of the monarchy, but  left it where it was after an Arbegnoch veterans association claimed it was a symbol of Ethiopia as well as a memory of Ethiopian antifascist resistance.

BISHOFTU LAKE
(66.1 km from AlekeB hotel)

UNITY PARK & MENELIK PALACE
(6.2 km from AlekeB hotel)

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Bishoftu Lake, is located immediately south of the town centre and it is the closest, of the collection of five lakes to the rest of the town. It is one of a number of crater lakes in the area.

The lake can be accessed via a steep cattle path, and is often frequented by locals and tourists, especially during the warm summer months when it is popular for swimming.

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Unity park is one of the most historical and nature-friendly parks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Special areas within the park includes; Menelik’s palace complex including the Emperor’s bedroom, reception room, prayer room, Etege Taytu’s room, the prince’s bedroom, and the war minister’s waiting room. 

Menelik palace was first built around 1886 G.C on 40 hectares of ground (including st Gebriel church). To date the palace has been a residence for 8 Ethiopian kings and PMs.

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