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Old December 30th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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Addis Abeba (አዲስ አበባ) | Ethiopia (ኢትዮጵያ) | City Gallery

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Addis Ababa was founded by the Ethiopian emperor Menelik II. However, ethnic Oromo Ethiopians had lived on the land before the foundation of Addis Ababa, in a small settlement known under the Oromo name Finfinne. Other parts were called Fil wiha ("hot springs") in Amharic. Menelik, as King of Shewa, had found Mount Entoto a useful base for military operations in the south of his realm, and in 1879 visited the reputed ruins of a medieval town, and an unfinished rock church that showed proof of an Ethiopian presence in the area prior to the campaigns of Ahmad Gragn. His interest in the area grew when his wife Taytu began work on a church on Entoto, and Menelik endowed a second church in the area.

However the immediate area did not encourage the founding of a town due to the lack of firewood and water, so settlement actually began in the valley south of the mountain in 1886. Initially, Taytu built a house for herself near the "Filwoha" hot mineral springs, where she and members of the Showan Royal Court liked to take mineral baths. Other nobility and their staffs and households settled the vicinity, and Menelik expanded his wife's house to become the Imperial Palace which remains the seat of government in Addis Ababa today. Addis Ababa became Ethiopia's capital when Menelik II became Emperor of Ethiopia. The town grew by leaps and bounds. One of Emperor Menelik's contributions that is still visible today is the planting of numerous eucalyptus trees along the city streets.

On 5 May 1936, Italian troops occupied Addis Ababa during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War, making it the capital of Italian East Africa. Addis Ababa was governed by the Italian Governors of Addis Ababa from 1936 to 1941. After the Italian army in Ethiopia was defeated by the British army (with the help of the Ethiopian patriots), during the Liberation of Ethiopia, Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa on 5 May 1941—five years to the very day after he had departed—and immediately began the work of re-establishing his capital.

Emperor Haile Selassie helped form the Organization of African Unity in 1963, and invited the new organization to keep its headquarters in the city. The OAU was dissolved in 2002 and replaced by the African Union (AU), also headquartered in Addis Ababa. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa also has its headquarters in Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa was also the site of the Council of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in 1965.
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Great Ethiopian Run insanity


Addis Ababa University campus


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The legendary Soviet automobile Volga downtown Addis Ababa








Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Temple


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the new open market at the entrance of addis.the government is planing not to allow sheeps , goats and bulls into addis.


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Beautiful city. It looks like a place full of history.

Precioso, se ve una ciudad llena de historia y de misterio. Me encantaría caminar por sus calles.
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I felt that this thread needed an update Here we go..











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Old June 13th, 2010, 12:21 PM   #17
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As you can see, there are construction sites everywhere..

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Low-income condos.. time to move people out the "slums"..

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Winter in Addis..

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