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Emperor Haile Salassie enters Addis Ababa in 1946

The history of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, formally begins with the founding of the city in the 19th century by Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II and his wife Empress Taytu Betul. In its first years the city was more like a military encampment than a town. The central focus was the emperor’s palace, which was surrounded by the dwellings of his troops and of his innumerable retainers. In the 1920s, Addis Ababa experienced a significant economic upturn, marked by a surge in the number of middle-class-owned buildings, including stone houses furnished with imported European furniture. The middle class also introduced newly manufactured automobiles and expanded banking institutions. Urbanization and modernization persisted during the Italian occupation, guided by a masterplan aimed at transforming Addis Ababa into a more "colonial" city, a trajectory that continued beyond the occupation. Subsequent master plans, formulated from the 1940s onward with the input of European consultants, focused on the development of monuments, civic structures, satellite cities, and the inner city.

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History of Addis Ababa

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The history of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, formally begins with the founding of the city in the 19th century by Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II and...

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Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa (/ˌædɪs ˈæbəbə/; Oromo: Finfinnee, lit. 'fountain of hot mineral water', Amharic: አዲስ አበባ, lit. 'new flower' [adˈdis ˈabəba] ) is the capital...

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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA: ADD, ICAO: HAAB) is an international airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is in the Bole district, 6 km...

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Addis Ababa University

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Addis Ababa University (AAU) (Amharic: አዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርሲቲ) is a national university located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the oldest university in Ethiopia...

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Urban evolution of Addis Ababa

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Urbanization of Addis Ababa began in late 19th century in a site of Finfinne inhabited by various Oromo clans, and Emperor Menelik II formed permanent...

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Timeline of Addis Ababa

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Natural History Society headquartered in Addis Ababa. University Students' Union of Addis Ababa established. 1974 February: Demonstrations. Addis Ababa Fistula...

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Economy of Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa's economy is growing rapidly and become leading among cities in Ethiopia. Over the last two decades, the city shifted to development-oriented...

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Treaty of Addis Ababa

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The Treaty of Addis Ababa, signed 23 October 1896, formally ended the First Italo-Ethiopian War on terms mostly favorable to Ethiopia. This treaty superseded...

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Addis Ababa Stadium

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Addis Ababa Stadium (Amharic: አዲስ አበባ ስታዲየም) is a multi-purpose stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is used mostly for football matches although it also...

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Addis Mercato

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Italian: "market") is a large open-air marketplace in the Addis Ketema, district of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the name refers to the neighborhood in which...

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Pietro Badoglio

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the Battle of Maychew. On 26 April, with no Ethiopian resistance left between his forces and Addis Ababa, Badoglio launched his "March of the Iron Will"...

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Hilton Addis

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Hilton Addis (Amharic: ሂልተን አዲስ) is a private international hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia owned by Hilton Worldwide. It was opened during the Emperor...

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Menelik Palace

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palatial compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Previously for years was known as the Gebbi, it was the seat of the power of the Emperors of Ethiopia. Within...

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Fall of the Derg regime

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Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) on 28 May 1991 in Addis Ababa, ending the Ethiopian Civil War. The Derg took power after deposing Emperor...

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Addis Ababa Zoo

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Addis Ababa Zoo (Amharic: አንበሳ ጊቢ, romanized: änəbäsa gibi lit. 'lion compound') is a zoological park in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The zoo was founded in...

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History of the Jews in Ethiopia

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have reverted to Judaism. Addis Ababa is home to a small community of Adeni Jews. Chabad also maintains a presence in Addis Ababa. According to the Beta...

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Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

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Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, also known as AAFH and Hamlin's Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, is a women's health care hospital based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...

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Kebur Zabagna

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it was part of the Zebagna, the Addis Ababa Guard. The Kebur Zabagna was based in Addis Ababa. Richard Pankhurst dates the formation of the Imperial...

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War in Amhara

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district, Addis Ababa resulted in deaths of two Fano militants and a civilian who was allegedly by the militants according to the Addis Ababa Federal Police...

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Death and state funeral of Meles Zenawi

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public throughout a month and did not attend African Union summit in Addis Ababa. It was also speculated that he has been in poor health condition and...

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2014 Addis Ababa Master Plan

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The 2014 Addis Ababa Master Plan was a controversial plan to expand the boundaries of Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, by 1.1 million hectares into the...

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Grand Anwar Mosque

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in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia located in a place of Merkato within Arada district. It was built by Italians around 1922 and finished with assistance of Muslim...

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Addis Ababa City Hall

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The Addis Ababa City Hall (Amharic: አዲስ አበባ ማዘጋጃ ቤት) is a governmental department that houses the offices of the Municipality of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...

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