The city of Harar is an ancient and Islamic holy place since 1520 and found 528km east of Addis Ababa. The city is famous for its ancient building, great walls and as centre of learning Muslim scholarship. That leads to be strong Muslim sultanate came into power. Harar has been ruled by seventy two successive Imams since its formation.
Today, Harar next Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem is one of the main Muslims pilgrm site in the world. The city is well known for its superb handicrafts that include woven, textiles, basket ware, silverware and handsomely bound books. The exciting market also one of the most colorful in Ethiopia which you can see different tribes altogether.
In this walled and old town, more than 90 mosques are built and are still service active. And with all its uniqueness, the town is known by locals as “Jegol”, a name everybody notices. Because of this UNSECO registered the city as the world heritage.
Harar’s attractions are:
- The city walls
- Rimbaud House – the fine building traditional house dating from the period when the French poet Arthur Rimbound lived in Harar in 19th
- The Hyena Man – As evening falls, local men attract wild hyenas to the city in bizarre spectacles as they bravely feed these dangerous scavengers. The Ethiopian experience is one that offers something for everyone. Truly, there is no other place on earth quite like it.