Africa Hall

sights / Architecture

Africa Hall information

Addis Ababa , Ethiopia
Address
Street Menelik II Ave
Telephone
+251 115 517700
Opening hours
8am-1pm & 2-5pm Mon-Fri
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Lonely Planet review

Built in 1961 by Emperor Haile Selassie, Africa Hall, near Meskal Sq, is the seat of the UN’s ECA. The Italian-designed building isn’t very interesting, apart from the friezelike motifs that represent traditional Ethiopian shamma (shawl) borders.

Far more interesting is Africa: Past, Present and Future, a monumental stained-glass window inside by the artist Afewerk Tekle. Measuring 150 sq m, it fills one entire wall and is one of the biggest stained-glass windows in the world. During some hours of the day, the white marble floor of the foyer is flooded with colour. It’s well worth a visit, but this is only possible by prior appointment (call the number above). You’ll need to bring your passport and they generally prefer it if you visit as part of a group.