History of Addis Ababa

History of Addis Ababa

Want to know history of Addis Ababa and for this purpose you have booked Cheap Flights to Addis Ababa from London. Although it is a good step but it will be good to do some homework before your flight to Addis Ababa about is available history. The city was found in 19th century by an Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II and his wife Empress Taytu Betul. Prior to the establishment of Addis Ababa, racial Oromo was used to live on land in small settlement under the Oromo name Finfinne. Other parts of Amharic were known as Fil Wiha that means hot spring. Menelik has visited reputed carcass of medieval township and unfinished rock church in 1879.

Unfinished rock church showed the testimony of an Ethiopian existence in the area before the crusades of Ahmad Gragn. Taytu the wife of Menelik started work on a church on Entoto and this was the main reason for the interest of Menelik in this area. He gifted a second church in this area and in 1881; the Menelik moved the capital of Shewa from Ankober to Entoto. Immediate areas of Entoto did not show any sign of town due to lack of firewood and water. The actual settlement commenced in 1886 in the valley south of the mountain.

Taytu liked Filwoha hot mineral springs therefore she preferred to build a house in this area where members of Shewan imperial court liked to take stone baths. After some period, the members of Shewan with other notable members and their staff settled in vicinity. At that time, Negus Menelik had expanded the house of his wife into Imperial Palace and this palace is still present in the seat of government in Addis Ababa. Mene Menelik II became the Emperor of Ethiopia between 1889 and 1891 and he turned Addis Ababa into the capital city of Ethiopia. He planted various eucalyptus trees and these trees can still be noticed along the city streets.

It was the good time for Addis Ababa as after becoming the capital of Ethiopia it grew by leaps and bounds and too the disposition of a boomtown. In 1910, there were more than 70,000 permanent inhabitants in the city with almost 30,000 to 50,000 temporary habitants. This city became the spot of different Ethiopian Innovations. A great degree of labor specialization was there because of ample population of Addis Ababa. Construction of first modern bridges in Ethiopia shows rapid growth of Addis Ababa in past. This is a just a snapshot, to know more and detailed history head to Addis Ababa via Cheap Flights to Addis Ababa