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Asmara: An African City With an Unusual Preservation Legacy

Asmara, capital of Eritrea, is an unexpected time capsule of colonialism

The Magnificent Italian government building now used by Asmara's Municipality

By  Mark Byrnes,

When Mussolini ruled here, a unique architectural style emerged that was disconnected from anything that had come before. But with time, it has become Asmara’s history too and locals have embraced the remains. Through preservation of the Mussolini-era building stock, we see a truly unique post-colonial urban condition.

There is more to Asmara’s colonial era than Italian art deco buildings along well-planned streets.  Continue reading Asmara: An African City With an Unusual Preservation Legacy