The Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa’s city center is only 2.5 kilometers from the National Museum, home to the famous Lucy skeleton. If you visit the Ethiopian Ethnological Museum, you will learn about the country’s cultural heritage through illustrations of daily life from ancient times to the present. Each September, Meskel Square hosts a festival to celebrate Empress Helena of Constantinople’s recovery of a cross that orthodox Christians believe was used to crucify Jesus. In the Mercato district, you can visit the Grand Anwar Mosque and shop at East Africa’s largest open-air market.
- United Nations Conference Center – 260 m. Ideal venue for meetings and conferences, combining architectural elegance with the latest technology.
- Imperial Palace – 760 m. The Jubilee Palace lies in the heart of Addis Ababa as a vestige of Ethiopia’s imperial glory. Built to mark Emperor Haile Selassie’s silver Jubilee in 1955.
- Meskel Square – 1 km. Centrally located square, often a site for public gatherings and festivals, such as the annual Meskel Festival, which is a religious festival that includes burning a large bonfire.
- Holy Trinity Cathedral – 1.6 km. Also known as Kidist Selassie, the cathedral is the second most important place of worship in Ethiopia.
- Ethiopian National Archives and Library agency – 2 km. Delivers research and study services, reading, training, audio-video recording services and more. Occasionally you can also explore exhibits and lectures here.
- National Museum – 2.5 km. The museum’s collection is ranked among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa, and includes among others the Lucy skeleton discovered in 1974.
- St. George’s Cathedral – 2.9 km. Orthodox cathedral noted for its distinctive octagonal form.
- Ethiopian Ethnological Museum – 4,4 km. Located within Haile Selassie’s former palace surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains, this is one of the finest museums in all Africa.