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Asmara and Eritrea
A virtual trip to Asmara and Eritrea for those who were born in Eritrea and now live in the Diaspora, for the visitors of Eritrea, for those who stay behind, and those who are just interested.
|"The people of Eritrea will
always make you feel welcome and the country will always provide a
diversity of activities and experiences that will have you wanting to come
back for more."
"Asmara is, by any standards, a very safe, picturesque and relaxed capital. "
Eritrea - The Bradt Travel Guide
"Constructed almost entirely between 1936 and 1941, Asmara was effectively a blank canvas on which its Italian colonizers were able to design and build their own urban utopia in East Africa...... owing to Asmara's relative obscurity and distance from Europe, the architects and engineers who came to practice there could escape the constraints imposed on their activities in the more conservative European environment, making it an even more exceptional city"
Asmara - Africa's Secret Modernist City
Asmara (Asmera), Eritrea's
capital is situated on the eastern edge of Eritrea's highland plateau.
Asmara enjoys a great climate, clean and picturesque streets, attractive
palm trees, and a reputation as one of the safest, calm and alluring
capital cities in Africa. The name is derived from Arbaete Asmara which
literally means, in the Tigrinya language, "the four (villages) are
The main port serving Eritrea, Massawa (Massaua) became an urban center in ancient times. It is the largest
natural deep water port on the Red Sea. Massawa is divided into three
parts: Batse, Tualud, and the mainland. The island Batse comprises the
ancient historical center with interesting houses, hotels, squares and
religious buildings. and is a marvelous place to wander
(Nakfa) the major town in the Sahel region of Eritrea, holds a special
significance for the Eritrean people, being the home of the EPLF during
their struggle for independence from Ethiopia. It is therefore the heart
of collective Eritrean self-determination. The Eritrean currency, Nakfa,
is named after this town.
The mountain city Keren (Cheren), which means "highland" is one of the five major secondary
towns in Eritrea. It is one of the major agricultural centers of Eritrea,
particularly for fruits and vegetables. In addition its dairy herds supply
fresh milk, butter and the cheese factory produces provolone and other
Agordat (Akordat) is located between the Barka river and the Gash river. The
area is famous for its banana plantations. The Akat trees or Doum Palms
seen along the Barka River are known for their fruit. The mosque, the
second largest in Eritrea was build by Haile Selassie in
is also known as Adi Ugri. It is a bustling market town. The name derives
from the high hill in the center of the city and is a source of pride to
the people of Eritrea. It means "no one dared" and is a reminder of the
fierce resistance put up by the local people to the Italian