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Ancient & Islamic holy place

Harar: well known for its great walls, mosques,& superb handicrafts

The city of Harar is an ancient and Islamic holy place since 1520 and found 528km east of Addis Ababa. The city is famous for its ancient building, great walls and as a center of learning Muslim scholarship. That leads to being a base for an altogether superior Muslim Sultanate. Harar has been ruled by seventy-two successive Imams since its formation.

Today, Harar is the holiest Muslim city of Ethiopia next to Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem is one of the main Muslims pilgrim sites in the world. Harar was the International market of Ethiopian Long distance trade from 16th to the 19th century from & and to ports of Zeyla & Berbera, thus the city-state stayed as the main economic power for Ethiopian empire. The city is well known for its superb handicrafts comprising woven, textiles, basket ware, silverware and handsomely bound books. The exciting market also one of the most colorful in Ethiopia which you can see different tribes altogether.

In this walled and old town, more than 90 mosques are built and are still service active. And with all its uniqueness, the town is known by locals as “Jegol”, a name everybody notices. Because of this UNESCO registered the city as the world heritage.

Harar’s attractions :

  • The city walls
  • Rimbaud House – the fine building traditional house dating from the period when the French poet Arthur Rimbound lived in Harar in 19th
  • The Hyena Man – As evening falls, local men attract wild hyenas to the city in bizarre spectacles as they bravely feed these dangerous scavengers. The Ethiopian experience is one that offers something for everyone. Truly, there is no other place on earth quite like it.
  • Traditional Harari home decorated with baskets and bowl
  • The first private and Harari state Museum

Traditional Harari homes are decorated with baskets and bowl.

In this walled and old town, more than 90 mosques are built and are still service active.