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Meskel Square, Addis Ababa

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#5 of 12 in Historic Sites in Addis Ababa
People-watch as locals jog, play soccer, and go about their daily lives at Meskel Square--the center of numerous festivals, rallies, demonstrations, and other public gatherings. The square gets its name from the annual Meskel Festival: celebrated for over 1,600 years, it commemorates the revelation of the crucifix to Helena of Constantinople, as well as the beginning of spring. The peak of the celebration involves people lighting a bonfire with torches. When visiting outside of an event, take a seat on the steps that overlook the street to have a better view of the buzz of activity around this popular square. Discover how to plan a Addis Ababa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • We went there just to see the square full of vendors walking up to you to sell their stuff and would follow you everywhere. Make sure completely ignore them so they would think you are not interested ...  more »
  • It was a kind of Amphitheater where. Is it in itself is no big deal, but its proximity to tourist information Office had had it. Great location in the Metro.
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  • It is nice to walk there and see different ways of communicating with locals especially if there is a special event  more »
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  • A great place to sit and understand the people of Addis Ababa. Nothing scenic, but a popular area for locals. Grab a cola and have a seat!
  • The busiest traffic in Addis.
  • Awesome Meskel festival celebration.... wonderful people ....happy crowds.
  • Meskel square is a place where many rally takes place. Here, many Addis's dewelers do sport activities specially on weekend and after working hr. But, you need to be carefull from thieves.
  • It is interesting place in addis.
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