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Wikipedia: Harar (var. Harrar, Hārer, Harer; Somali: Adari ) is an eastern city in Ethiopia, and the capital of the modern Harari ethno-political division (or kilil) of Ethiopia. The city is located on a hilltop, in the eastern extension of the Ethiopian highlands about five hundred kilometers from Addis Ababa with an elevation of 1885 meters.

Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Harar has an estimated total population of 122,000, of whom 60,000 were males and 62,000 were females. According to the census of 1994, on which this estimate is based, the city has a population of 76,378.

For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial centre, linked by the trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, the entire Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and, through its ports, the outside world.

Harar Jugol has been included in the World Heritage List in 2006 by UNESCO in recognition of its cultural heritage. According to UNESCO, it is "considered 'the fourth holy city' of Islam" with 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines.

Harar is also famous for its distinctive, natural processed coffees which bear the same name.

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Harar Gate, one of the biggest points of entry into the old walled city. It's a 20th-century structure (built during the rule of Haile Selassie), purposely made big enough for cars to drive through it.


An Italian-era building in Harar.


This fanciful-looking building is actually the Department of Public Works (or something like that).






The boyhood home of Haile Selassie, now the city museum of Harar.


The French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) quit writing poetry as a young man and ended up living in Harar, working as an importer/exporter, gun-runner, and explorer. This house was built after his death, but he lived in the neighborhood. The place is dedicated to his legacy and his love of Harar and its people.


A view of Ras Mekonnen's Palace in Harar, taken from the Rimbaud House musuem.



One of the larger mosques in the old walled city, this one was built during the period of Egyptian rule (1875-1885).


Al-Jami Mosque






The "Christian Market" takes place just outside the city walls -- here you can see the Victory Gate at upper left.


A Western-style multi-level shopping center in Harar.




A quintessential African market scene: bags and bags of spices at an outdoor market.


Feres Megala Square


Our guide showed us this traditional Harari house (which is actually a guesthouse that tourists can stay in). The door features intricate carvings.



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THE harar wall
 

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typical harari home...look how beautiful the handicraft are :cheers:
 

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THE first governor of harar after the emir abdulahi defeated at chelenqo by the army of emperor menelik 2 was the father of haileselassie ras mekonnen.
 

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harar city from the distance
harar and its hyenas
harar market
 

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the beautiful harar
harar neighbourhood
salute to the flag :cheers:
 

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hararis and their basketry
harar has five gates and their names
harar tv studio
harar's amirs from 969 to 1886 meniliks control of the city
 
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