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  • Shida Square, the sandal statue
    Shida Square, the sandal statue
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    Shida Square, the sandal statue
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    Recycling market, Asmara
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    Shida Square, the sandal statue

    by georeiser Updated Feb 27, 2009

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    "Shida Square, the sandal statue" is a roundabout with a construction of two giant sandals. The monument is under rebuilding now. The first photo is taken from another website, and shows what it was like before. The two last photos is taken in the end of December 2008. It doesn't look appealing...

    The monument was unveiled on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of independence. "Shida" is the Arabic word for sandals. The sandal statue is 5 meters long and made of metal.

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    Harnet avenue

    by georeiser Updated Feb 21, 2009
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    Harnet avenue is the most famous and the main street in Asmara. It's a long, wide avenue with big palmtrees, surrounded by a large number of buildings in perfect condition, representing a colonial architecture. The buildings were in art deco and modernist style. Harnet avenue is maybe the prettiest street in Africa. The Asmara Cathedral is in the middle of Harnet Avenue.

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    Semaetat avenue

    by georeiser Updated Feb 18, 2009

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    Semaetat avenue is wide road road with 4 lanes. It's the main road out from Asmara center in direction to the airport. The area around is one of the most wealthy areas in Asmara. The government buildings and president palace is located close to this road. Some nice restaurants are located her and also Roma Cinema.

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    Fiat Tagliero petrol station

    by georeiser Updated Feb 17, 2009

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    The Fiat Tagliero petrol station is a futurist style architechture completed in 1938, and designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Pettazzi. It is designed like an aeroplane. The building has a central tower which is the office space, cashiers desk and shop. And two 15 meter concret wings.

    It is one of the most famous buildings in Asmara, and has been described as "the best example of futurist architecture" in Africa. The location is close to the center of the city. A "must see" if you are in Asmara.

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    Cinemas in Asmara

    by georeiser Updated Feb 17, 2009

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    The cinemas in Asmara are famous due to the Art Deco architecture, not because of the movies. Impero cinema (see first photo) is one of four Art Deco cinemas. It was designed by Mario Messina and built in 1937. Roma cinema (see second photo) is another one. Odeon cinema (the third photo) was located on Bihat Street, close to my hotel. But I found only old American movies there. What about The Rock and Snake Eyes in January 2009?

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    Kahawta area in Asmara

    by georeiser Updated Feb 17, 2009

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    Kahawta is another poor area of Asmara. It's the neighbouring area to Godaif, and it takes 5 minutes to drive with taxi from Asmara center. There are almost no streets with asphalt paving. The houses here are mainly build of brick and stone.

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    Godaif area in Asmara

    by georeiser Written Feb 17, 2009

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    Godaif is a poor area of Asmara. It takes 5 minutes to drive with taxi from Asmara center. The place has wide streets without asphalt paving. The houses here are mainly build of brick and stone. The big Asmara Textile factory is located in this part of the city.

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    Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin mosque

    by georeiser Updated Feb 16, 2009

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    Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin mosque is located in Peace Street, near the covered markets in the center of Asmara. The name Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin means "Followers of the Right Path". There is a square in front of the mosque paved with blocks of dark stone arranged in geometrical patterns. The mosque was built in 1938.

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    Kidane Meheret church

    by georeiser Updated Feb 16, 2009

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    Kidane Meheret is the church of Oriental Christian rite. It has walls which feature Madonna of Perpetual Help and the nine monks that christianized the highlands of Eritrea. It is located close to Shuk, the central market.

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    Asmara Cathedral

    by georeiser Updated Feb 16, 2009

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    The Cathedral of Asmara is located in Harnet Avenue, just in the center of Asmara. It is one of the most prominent landmarks in Eritrea. The 52 meter tall Gothic bell tower is visible everywhere in the city, and is a useful landmark if you ever lose your sense of direction. The chursch was build in 1922.

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    Saint Mary's church

    by georeiser Updated Feb 16, 2009

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    Nda Mariam, Asmara's Orthodox Cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary (the mother of god), and is located in the center of Asmara. The building has two soaring towers and an impressive mosaic structure showing religious scenes done by the Italian painter Nenne Sanguineti Poggi.

    The Eritrean people are religious. It's interesting to see so many people gathering together in the middle of the day to pray. They are standing around the church, with their traditional clothes.

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    The Old Steam Railway Line

    by janiebaxter Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Old Steam Train

    The old steam railway line runs from Asmara to Massawa, on the red sea coast and uses the original old trains and track. The journey takes you through the beautiful mountain scenery and traditional villages.
    The line was built between 1873 and 1911 by the Italians and was restored in 2003. The original drivers, signalmen and railway workers were got out of retirement to run the trains.
    It's a great way to see the countryside.

    The trip was organised by the Railway Touring Company in the UK who specialise in rail trips throughout the world.

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    The Spice Market and Food Markets

    by janiebaxter Written Aug 25, 2007

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    Spice Market

    The outdoor spice market sells all kind of spices, stacked in big sacks on the stalls. The smell is fabulous, and they look really colourful.
    The food market, which is indoors, is also worth a visit. There are some quite unmentionable pieces of meat on display! But also the fruit and vegetables are interesting for their variety and quality. The highlands must have good soil to grow all these. Most of the stall holders are friendly and willing to show you their goods on display and explain what they are.

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    The Tank Graveyard

    by janiebaxter Written Aug 24, 2007

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    Tank Graveyard

    The tank graveyard is a very large piece of overgrown land containing all the tanks that Eritrea captured from Ethiopia during the war. They are literally piled up on top of each other, rusting and abandoned. This place is a fabulous museum of recent history - it is obvious the tanks will remain here but are kept as a testament to Eritrea's determination to be an independant free nation.
    Interesting to British visitors, well, our group, was the old MG midget next to the tanks.
    There are no explanations on the site or the tanks and this is probably not an official tourist site, as we were shouted at by a couple who live in a disused railway carriage on the site, but is certainly worth a look.

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    The Recycling Yard Market

    by janiebaxter Written Aug 22, 2007

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    Tin Cans made into Coffee Pans

    The recycling yard is a wonderful example of how we in the first world should be doing things.
    Tin cans made into coffe pans, wood, metal, shoes from car tyres, leather/fabrics...............in fact anything that can be re-used, or made into something that can, ends up here.
    The yard is full of all sorts of discarded products that have been collected and then brought here to be re-fashioned and given a new lease of life.
    Shoppers come here to purchase the goods, which provide a cheaper and greener option to the goods for sale in the shops.

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