North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour, Addis Ababa

North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour (Self Guided), Addis Ababa

Some remarkable landmarks of Addis Ababa can be found in the north part of the city. There are monuments, beautiful buildings and the zoo where you can see lions walking. This self-guided tour will lead you through these attractions in the north of Addis Ababa.
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North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour
Guide Location: Ethiopia » Addis Ababa (See other walking tours in Addis Ababa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Addis Ababa University
  • Yekatit 12 Monument
  • Lion Zoo Park
  • National Museum of Ethiopia
  • St. George Armenian Church
  • Greek Orthodox Church
  • Hager Fikir Theater
  • Ethnological Museum
Addis Ababa University

1) Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University was founded in 1950 at the request of Haile Selassie by a Canadian Jesuit, Dr Lucien Matte, S.J. as a two-year college, and began operations the next year. Over the following two years an affiliation with the University of London was developed. The university maintains branches in many cities throughout Ethiopia, leading to the claim of being "the largest university in Africa." The university offered its first master's programs in 1979 and its first PhD programs in 1987. The writer and theorist Richard Cummings served as a member of the Faculty of Law of the Addis Ababa University.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Yekatit 12 Monument

2) Yekatit 12 Monument

The Yekatit 12 Square is a monument in Addis Ababa commemorating victims of Italian reprisals following an attempt to kill the Italian Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani 19 February 1937, or Yekatit 12 in the Ethiopian calendar. Every year, people of Addis Ababa celebrate this day. The monument represents a white obelisk where the scenes of massacre and the funerals of the victims are depicted. This monument is also called the Monument of Martyrs or Sidist Kilo ("Six Kilometer"), that is, the name of the quarter where the monument is located.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Lion Zoo Park

3) Lion Zoo Park (must see)

Lion Zoo Park was founded in 1948 and is a small zoo in Addis Ababa. Before the park was opened, some lions were hunted in Ethiopia and donated to the Emperor Haile Selassie. The lions lived at the Palace. Later they decided to keep the animals in Lion Park. The few lions that you will see there are rare species: Leopantels Abyssinica. There are also other Ethiopian animals at the zoo such as tortoises, monkeys, baboons, ducks, rabbits and fish.
National Museum of Ethiopia

4) National Museum of Ethiopia (must see)

The National Museum of Ethiopia is the primary museum in Ethiopia. The current National Museum of Ethiopia grew from the establishment of the Institute of Archaeology, which was founded in 1958.

The museum houses the nation's artistic treasures as well as many of the most precious archaeological finds such as the fossilized remains of early hominids. Currently, the National Museum of Ethiopia has four main exhibition sections. The basement is dedicated to archaeological and paleoanthropological sections and exhibits hominids. The first floor contains objects from ancient and medieval periods, as well as regalia and memorabilia from former rulers, who include Emperor Haile Selassie. The second floor show art work in a chronological order, from traditional to contemporary works while the thrid floor comprises a rich ethnographic displays.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St. George Armenian Church

5) St. George Armenian Church

There is an Armenian church in Addis Ababa, as there are very many ethnic groups living in this city. Armenians contributed very much to the development of Addis Ababa and this church is a monumental building in the cultural history of Addis Ababa. Saint George Armenian Church is the Orthodox church. It was built from gray stone and is an impressive building.
Greek Orthodox Church

6) Greek Orthodox Church

The Greek Orthodox Church was constructed in 1935. It stands in a prestigious part of the city as Greeks were very influential in Addis Ababa. The church represents the traditional Greek Orthodox style. Today very few Greeks remain in the city, as they left Ethiopia in the time of the Derg regime. The church remained as a memorial to the once powerful Greek community.
Hager Fikir Theater

7) Hager Fikir Theater

Hager Fikir Theater in Addis Ababa is a must visit place, for it is not only the theater with the greatest tradition in Ethiopia but also the oldest indigenous theater in Africa. The theater was founded in 1935 and it replaced a former night club. Later the entrance of the theater was rebuilt so as to resemble a real theater. Standing for more than 70 years of cultural life in Addis Ababa, the theater is a playhouse where modern Ethiopian music and drama were born and nurtured. Many stars like Aster Aweke, Tilahun Gessesse and Frew Hailu began their careers on the stage of Hager Fikir Theater. Both traditional Ethiopian plays and translations of European playwrights by William Shakespeare, Friedrich Schiller, Henrik Ibsen and Molière have been produced at Hager Fikir Theater in recent decades. Movie performances are on schedule most of the days. Theater plays are performed on weekend and musical shows are on stage on public holidays.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Ethnological Museum

8) Ethnological Museum (must see)

Ethnological Museum is housed in what used to be Haile Selassie's palace, in the area of the main building of Addis Ababa University. This exciting museum displays the precious and varied ethnic collections of Ethiopia. The museum gives deep insight into the diverse cultures of Ethiopia through the ethnographic objects of about 80 ethnic groups. There is even a bedroom of one of their great emperors. There are also collections of sacred arts.

Walking Tours in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Addis Ababa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Addis Ababa Introduction Walking Tour

Addis Ababa Introduction Walking Tour

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub, hosting a number of historic landmarks: monuments, squares, palaces and more. Among them the ones dedicated to the local Emperor Menelek and those commemorating the country's last, 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Religious Buildings

Religious Buildings

Ethiopia is mainly a Christian country. However, there are many other religions of the world there as the country has many ethnic groups. Addis Ababa boasts very beautiful and old, Christian cathedrals and churches. There are also Catholic churches and mosques in the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the great religious sights of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.5 Km or 5.9 Miles