In 1887, Emperor Menenlik II moved his capita] from the town of Ankober
to the cool heights of Mt. Entoto which commanded a breathtaking view of
the future site of Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa, which means "New flower" in
Amharic, rose from its humble begin- nings to become the diplomatic
capital of Africa.
It is now .the permanent seat of many continental and international organizations like the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), The African Union (AU), and over 100 embassies. The most interesting places to visit in Addis Ababa include the Africa Hall with its stained glass mural depicting African history, the Archeological & Eth- nological Museum, Trinity Cathedral, Menelik's Mausoleum and Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa.