Keren Travel Guide

  • Monday camel market
    Monday camel market
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    Clothing shops down town
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    Decoration on the head
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Keren Things to Do

  • The Old Cathedral

    The old cathedral is very small and easy to miss, being overshadowed by the new cathedral. However it is so quaint and pretty it is a pity to pass it by. Sometimes you can go inside if it is open, and you can walk around in the yard and admire the beautiful old brickwork.

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  • The Madonna of the Baobab

    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...

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  • The New Cathedral

    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...

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  • The 2nd World War Graveyard

    You can visit the graveyards of both the British and Italian soldiers who died in the second world war.Although a bit sad, it is very interesting to wander around and the the graveyards are extremely well kept with nice trees and plants so are very peaceful.

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  • Camel Market

    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.

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  • Wood & camel market

    Across the main road is the site of Keren's famous wood & camel market. Up to a hundred camels are brought here on Modays, but even on other days you will see quite a few, plenty of donkeys, carrying loads of firewood to be sold to townspeople.

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  • The main market

    The main vegetable and fruit market in Keren is a riot of colour, thanks to the gorgeous traditional costumes of the local Tigre and Bilen women.Beyond the veggie market, you enter the bazaar area with its interesting silversmiths and antique shops.

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  • Colonial architecture

    Keren may not be such an overwhelmingly Italian town as Asmara, but it certainly has its share of eye-catching buildings all the same.Unfortunately, many of these are decaying - gracefully.

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  • Giro Fiori

    This "Circle of Flowers" is the centre of Keren.It is flanked by pretty, colonial-style houses, some of which now house hotels and restaurants. It is the best place to sit and watch the town go about its life.

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Keren Transportation

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    by hunwagner Written Mar 28, 2005

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    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.

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Keren Shopping

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    by hunwagner Written Mar 28, 2005

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    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.

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Keren Off The Beaten Path

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    by hunwagner Written Mar 28, 2005

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    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.

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