Addis Ababa is also the largest city in the nation. Initially, the capital city was Entoto, which experiences lower temperatures than Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa was made capital in 1887 due to its higher temperatures compared to Entoto. It was first a military encampment, but when the Emperor’s palace was moved there, it became the capital of Ethiopia. Emperor Menelik II established the capital city through the intervention of his wife, Taitu, the Empress. The town sits at the center of the nation on a well-watered plateau. Hills and mountains surround it, which gives it a beautiful scenic view.

The city is host to administrative and educational centers like Addis Ababa University. It is also home to banking, manufacturing and insurance companies. The United Nation Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union both have their headquarters within the city. Addis Ababa has a population of 3,384,569 and a metropolitan population of 4,567,857.

Addis Ababa has the status of being an economical and commercial hub, which has stirred up the tourism sector in the nation. The city is one of the most frequently visited places in Africa. Tourist attractions include St. George’s Cathedral, the Arat Kilo Monument, and the Addis Ababa stadium area. Some of the fun activities that visitors engage in include bird watching, waterskiing, bathing, sightseeing, and boating. Addis Ababa has experienced increased numbers of tourists by more than 10% over the decades.

Addis Ababa experiences a sub-tropical highland climate with variations. The variations result from its position near the equator as well as different wind patterns around the mountains and hills surrounding it.

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