The Madonna of the Baobab also known as the shrine of St Maryam Dearit is an ancient baobab which is believed to have powers of fertility. Local women brew coffee in the shade of the tree and they believe if a traveller accepts a cup of coffee they will be blessed with children.The tree is hollow and you can go inside, but you have to take your...more
The new Cathedral is very attractive for a modern building. I'm not sure when it was built but it was fairly recently. Its beautiful blue glass domes dominate the city and shine in the sunlight. The brickwork is very decorative and a lovely warm shade of terracotta.The interior is sparsely furnished but very nice as it is extremely bright, which...more
The camel market is in the square in front of the market. The camels are used to transport the wood and other goods, and the square is filled with traders, camels and other goods.It is easy to wander around and take photographs, the camels don't bother and neither do the traders and when it is busy it is very lively and colourful.more
The only way to reach Keren by public transport is by bus. From Asmara, buses take three hours to get here on a scenic, winding road.
Keren is also an important transport junction for travellers heading for towns in western Eritrea, such as Agordat, Barentu, Teseney and Nakfa.
The old Italian railway line has long been defunct, and the railway station in fact serves as the bus station now.
Keren is probably the best place in Eritrea to hunt for bargains. The market has a good selection of functional pottery sold for a pittance, while the bazaar has several shops with an interesting selection of old, traditional silverwork and swords.
On the outskirts of Keren you will find many typically round-shaped, tatched African huts scattered among the flat-roofed homes typical of the highlands.