Just as the day Asmara was liberated, Eritreans all over the world are basking in her glory and celebrating her new found fame – World Heritage Site.
BY SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM
Asmara woke up early on 8 July 2017, as it did for ages…the early morning call to prayers from nearby mosques and the sounds of church bells mix with the sounds of click clock from horse and donkey driven carriages, and the buses and trucks heading out of the city to villages near and far. Continue reading Enchanting Asmara→
In 1996 a German architecture firm proposed razing historic buildings in the centre of Asmara, one of Africa’s most beautiful cities, to make way for glass high-rises. Eritreans, who are deeply proud of their capital’s Italian-era modernist architecture, began to worry that their hard-fought heritage was under threat. Continue reading Eritrea’s Picturesque Capital is Now a World Heritage Site→
He was elated to find an inscription he carved into the sidewalk on Liberation Avenue, dated 1-5-51
BY BEREKET KIDANE
As human beings reach an advanced age and start looking back on their lives, they reminisce about places and people from their past. Some take a road trip to visit their college campuses, the army base they were stationed at when they were a young soldier or the city they grew up in. We all want to visit places from our past and hope to see the folks we were once friends with or people who were once a significant part of our lives but no longer are due to time and distance.
One of the world’s historic places, Asmara City, is well known for its well preserved buildings. Its various remarkable Art-Deco structures have made it a destination for many tourists around the world over the years.
Eritrea, a country in East Africa, hopes to attract tourists in the future. The potential is huge – given Eritrea’s long Red Sea coast, and of course, the unique colonial architecture of the capital Asmara, which could soon be declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Continue reading Eritrea’s Capital Asmara Hopes for Tourists→
In an often forgotten corner of the Horn of Africa, Eritrea’s capital boasts one of the world’s finest collections of early 20th century architecture and the authorities want it declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.