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Meskel Square, Addis Ababa

#5 of 12 in Historic Sites in Addis Ababa
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
People-watch as locals jog, play soccer, and go about their daily lives at Meskel Square--the center of numerous festivals, rallies, demonstrations, and other public gatherings. The square gets its name from the annual Meskel Festival: celebrated for over 1,600 years, it commemorates the revelation of the crucifix to Helena of Constantinople, as well as the beginning of spring. The peak of the celebration involves people lighting a bonfire with torches. When visiting outside of an event, take a seat on the steps that overlook the street to have a better view of the buzz of activity around this popular square. Discover how to plan a Addis Ababa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Yonothan and Local Addis Tours was the highlight of my trip in Ethiopia! Yonothan was extremely knowledgable, reliable, and made me feel like a local. We took excursions to Unity Park, Mercato (my...  more »
  • Beware of:-pick-pocketing, people who "volunteer" to escort you and keep you company;' and "ask" for"compensation for heir time invested in you", practically make you feel uncomfortable not to give...  more »
  • A great place to sit and understand the people of Addis Ababa. Nothing scenic, but a popular area for locals. Grab a cola and have a seat!
  • The busiest traffic in Addis.

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