Try to talk with some eritrean guys near to the cathedral.
For a tip - a donation for the cathedral of course ;-) you can get up the tower of the cathedral. It gives you a nice view about the city, so try it!
This beautiful building is now unfortunately so tightly guarded you can't even walk close to it! :-(
It is at the end of the road between the white house to the left and the park to the right.
This is about as much as you will see, which is a real shame, as it looks like a real architectural gem.
It is just off the western end of Harnet Avenue.
Back on Harnet Avenue, one of the most impressive buildings in the city is the 1920 Opera House. It could do with a facelift, but is beautiful all the same. It currently houses the National Theatre of Eritrea.
Hidden from view from Harnet Avenue by the vegetable & meat market, the Great Mosque is the focal point of the Muslim community.
Nearby are several Muslim restaurants, and typically Muslim-run businesses, notably jewellery shops.
Lined with palms, Harnet Avenue is the main street through the centre of Asmara, and the ideal place to start exploring the city.
Here you will find some of the most impressive pieces of Italian colonial architecture, the best restaurants and cafeterias, and some major banks, hotels, and cinemas.
Shuk market is the biggest market in Asmara. It's a big district inside Asmara with open-air shopping and small shops.
Medebar market is the next biggest market in the center of Asmara, after the Shuk market. And it is also the area where you find the recycling market. You can buy all kind of things here.
The recycling market in Asmara is a market where almost all kind of garbage hardware is beeing recycled by skilfulled workers.
On the way from Kahawta to the New Coptic Church on the hill on top of kahawta, you pass through the very poor area.
Cherni is a crowded part of the Asmara. It's 15 minutes walk from Asmara center, just behind Medeber recycling market. Cherni is quite picturesque, and has narrow streets without asphalt paving.
Piccola Roma, they call it! And for an Italian there is nothing more amazing than finding out how true the claim is!
In this incredible open-air market they recycle anything, making stoves out of metal containers, shoes out of tires etc....
Unlike the case with many famous buildings, this one actually gets more impressive close-up! Note the fine statue on the roof - click on the picture to see it better.
The impressive Catholic Cathedral with its high tower is one of Asmara's landmark buildings. It was built in 1923, and remains a very active place of worship to this date.