Tag Archives: Asmara Architecture

Enchanting Asmara

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.

Asmara, the “City of Dreams”,” Africa’s Secret Modernist City” is no longer a “The Forgotten City”… Yes, do Come and See!

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

Growing up in the City of Cultural Heritage Asmara in the 1960s

This is not about Asmara, nor about its history. It is rather about an exciting period of my experiences growing up in The City of Cultural Heritage as a schoolboy in the 1960s.

BY ALEM FISSHATZION

Asmara is the city of my dreams. This article is not about Asmara, nor is it about the history of the city. Rather, it is about an exciting period of my experiences growing up in The City of Cultural
Heritage as a schoolboy in the 1960s. Continue reading Growing up in the City of Cultural Heritage Asmara in the 1960s

Eritrea’s Picturesque Capital is Now a World Heritage Site

Now that the entire Asmara city is a World Heritage site, how serious the Eritrean government can take significant steps to capitalize on this unique UNESCO status and encourage tourism is the next big question. (Photo: Cinema Roma in Asmara. The city is sometimes called “La Piccola Roma” or “Little Rome”. ©Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

BY TOM GARDNER | QUARTZ AFRICA

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

Signore Beneto Alessandro’s Return Trip to Asmara after 52 years

He was elated to find an inscription he carved into the sidewalk on Liberation Avenue, dated 1-5-51

Signore Beneto Alessandro’s return to Asmara after 52 years can be summed up in one word: LOVE – the love of Eritrea and Eritreans.

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.

Some places we have called home in the past continue to occupy a special place in our hearts and never leave us.  They continue to live in us.  The memories are etched in our hearts.  They are memories that time cannot erase. Continue reading Signore Beneto Alessandro’s Return Trip to Asmara after 52 years

Asmara: Decentering Modernist History

BY ASMAIT FUTSUMBRHAN | SHABAIT

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.

Asmara is believed to have more than 4000 buildings that are of great significance to the nation’s history and the world. For this reason, tremendous efforts have recently been made to register Asmara in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Continue reading Asmara: Decentering Modernist History

“Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination” Wins the 2016 #RIBAAwards for Research

“Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination” dossier wins the 2016 Royal Institution British Architecture (RIBA) ‘President’s Medal for Research’.

By Eritrea EmbassyMedia,

For 50 years the Royal Institution British Architecture (RIBA) awards and prizes have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world. Successful projects reflect changes and innovations in architecture, but at their core display a commitment to designing and developing buildings and spaces for the improvement and enhancement of people’s lives. Continue reading “Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination” Wins the 2016 #RIBAAwards for Research

Eritrea’s Capital Asmara Hopes for Tourists

By Deutsche Welle (DW),

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

Little Rome: Eritrea’s Capital Asmara Seeks UNESCO Heritage Recognition

By Edmund Blair | for Reuters,

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.

When Italy’s colonial experiment in Eritrea ended in 1941, it left behind an array of Rationalist, Futurist, Art Deco and other Modernist styles in Asmara, a city whose historic heart has changed little since the Italians lived and worked there. Continue reading Little Rome: Eritrea’s Capital Asmara Seeks UNESCO Heritage Recognition