Photo Essay: A Visual Journey Through Colorful Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa has a fascinating history and is one of the most vibrant capital cities on the continent. From vendors selling spices to people on their way to church, the bustling city is always full of vivid sights and rich textures. So sit back and go on a visual journey through the colorful sights of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

orthodox devotees in Addis

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Orthodox devotees gather outside of  St. George Cathedral

colorful addis streets

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A typical scene down an Addis side street

merkato addis

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A cool shop in the Addis Merkato, one of the largest outdoor street markets in the world

lion of the judah


The iconic statue of the lion of the Judah


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One of the many spice markets of Addis

Africa Hall

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A beautiful stained glass mural by artist Afewerk Tekle, at Africa Hall

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(Ondrej Zvacek/Wikimedia Commons)

The beautiful St. George Cathedral is one of the city’s most famous sites

lion of the judah

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Another monument to the lion of the Judah. This one was first erected under Haile Selassie in 1930.

qera mosque

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The city’s grand Qera mosque rises over the surrounding landscape.

addis at night


Even as night falls, the city still maintains its colorful nature

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