Addis Ababa is a compact city with a population of over eight million in an area of about 250 sq.km. Addis Ababa lies at an altitude of 2500m above sea level on the average. The capital enjoys an average temperature of 16 degree centigrade. Most of the time April and May are the driest seasons and the rainy season falls in the month of July, August and September.
Addis Ababa has grown at an astonishing speed since it was established in 1886 by its founder, Emperor Menelik II. These days, it has got the status of being the diplomatic capital of Africa.
The fine architecture of the churches built during the early periods of Addis Ababa provides alluring sites.
Monuments: A number of statues adorn the city of Addis Ababa each of them commemorating different events. These include the Monument of Menelik II, Abune Petros, Martyr’s and the statue of the freedom tower.
Museums: TheEthnographic Museum, National Museum, Zoological Natural museum, Beata Museum, the Addis Ababa Museum and S.t George Cathedral Museum are some of the Museums in Addis Ababa. The city hosts more than nine Museums. Each of this museums specializing in different aspects of the country’s rich tradition, history and natural resources. For instance; The National Museum exhibits archaeological collections including the skeleton of that of the famous Lucy and historical findings from early periods of Ethiopia.