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DIRE DAWA AND HARAR

Dire Dawa which is part of the railway line stretching from Addis Ababa to Djibouti, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century with the co-operation of the French government. The market in Kefira is very interesting, providing an opportunity to mingle with peoples of the region such as the Afar, Somali and Oromo. Located 50km from Dire Dawa and at a height of 1,870m above sea level is the city of Harar. Founded in 1500, the city was once a Muslim fortress and one of the most dynamic markets in east Africa.

Harar is one of the most impressive Ethiopia’s historic destinations pulls remoteness and ancient history as part of the long and colourful existence of the country Ethiopia. Today, Harar, next to Mecca Medina, is one of the main Muslim pilgrim sites in the world. Harar’s most determined attraction, the old and walled town of Harar, was particularly established in 1540’s following the downfall of the Imams’ rule with the defeat of the strongest Imam who ruled Harar.

In Harar there are 87 mosques and various sanctuaries within the old city walls. The poet Rimbaud spent some of his last years here and made it the headquarters for his arms dealing, which involved trading in arms destined for the emperor Menelik. The city now contains a museum in his honour.

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