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ADDIS ABABA AND SURROUNDINGS

Tourist attraction of Addis Ababa can be divided in to two major categories. These are natural and man-made (historical and cultural) attraction. From a tourism vantage point what are known as natural tourist attraction are climate, water bodies (ocean, sea, rivers, lakes, hot springs, etc) flora and fauna, landscape, etc.of these aforementioned attractions, only fe are found in Addis Ababa.

The climate of Addis Ababa is suitable for both residents and tourist when compare to many other cities of the world. Some prominent people say that one of the reasons behind the city’s selection for the seat of the organization of African Unity, now AU and Uneca is its suitable climate condition.
Even if Addis is located at only 9 degrees latitude north of the equator ,its average temperature is not greater than 16 degree centigrade, which makes it ideal for living .the city has a salubrious climate. Next to the Latin American cities of La Paz and Kuyto, the city in the of the Addis is said to be the 3rd highest city in the world. Currently since Mount Entoto has become part of the city ,the city’s rank may change to first or second.

Although it may be difficult to cite all mammals in Addis ,researches have ascertain that are over 250 birds in the city and its environs, which are good tourist attraction .There are also a fe indigenous plant species in parks ,churches, palaces embassies.etc.

No doubt one of the attraction that led to establishment of Addis  in the first place ,the Fin fine hot springs should not be forgotten. Other factors that figured in the birth and development of the city are enormous.

Man-made or historical and cultural attraction are divided into movable and immovable .The latter include historical monuments, churches, palaces, museums, old building etc. Heritage that are considered immovable and intangible are cultural living style. Various festival, traditions, songs, music poems, folklore, religious celebration and ritual performances, wedding ceremonies, funeral and mooring rites, plays, tales and many other cultural and historical assets of the various nations and nationalities of the country.

Addis has seen ,since its establishment in 1887 some four governmental palaces. except for the Grand palace, which is now serving as a government office. the rest are visited currently by tourist .the first historical palace, Menilik’s court ,is located at the top of the entoto Mountain. The 70 square meters palace is oval in shape, made of juniper plywood and lined with stripes. There is a big hall adjacent to it held banquets for ordinary people on festive occasions. Hall where the king invited ordinary people on festive occasions.
 
The other palaces worth visiting are Genete-Leul and currently house the institute of the Ethiopian of Ethiopia studies and the Ethnographic Museum. the latter is reserved to visits only by special guests at the consent of the government. 
 
Museum in Addis house, among other human fossils, movable artifacts, and religious and cultural   items of the diverse nations and nationalities of the country. Religious, governmental as well as private organization runs the museums. The main museums in the city include the Ethnographic Museum at the Addis Ababa University.