Must see attractions in Eritrea

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    Tank Graveyard

    Part junkyard, part memorial, the ruins of military vehicles from around the country have been dragged to this open field in the years since heavy…

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    Opera House

    The Opera House, completed around 1920, is one of Asmara's most elegant early–20th-century buildings. It's free to have a look around during the resident…

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    Bowling Alley

    A block south of the Municipality Building, the Bowling Alley is one of the few genuine 1950s alleys left in the world. It was probably built for US…

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    Qohaito

    Historians debate whether or not the ruins of Qohaito were once the inhabited walls of the ancient town of Koloe, a settlement that predated, but grew to…

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    Imperial Palace

    Overlooking the harbour just north of the gates of the Dahlak Hotel is the Imperial Palace, the original iteration of which was built by the Turkish…

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    Camel Market

    From 8am on Monday mornings, a small yard on the Nakfa road just before the edge of town comes alive with buyers and sellers from Keren and the…

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    House of Mammub Mohammed Nahari

    The ancient House of Mammub Mohammed Nahari was built with magnificent soaring Ottoman-style windows on every side. Unfortunately they are particularly…

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    Fiat Tagliero Building

    A futurist departure from the art deco standard that defines most of the notable Italian-era buildings in Asmara, this former petrol station was…

  • Dankalia

    Dankalia is the name of the narrow strip of land about 50km wide that stretches south of Massawa down to Djibouti, about 600km along the coastline. You…

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    Adulis Archaeological Site

    Adulis was once the primary port of the Aksumite empire and a few impressive architectural remnants of this heritage remain. Most notable is the…

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    Belocalo

    Though the large iron cross is Italian-era, legend claims that the peak towering over Senafe and the surrounding region has been a site of worship and…

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    Metera

    What at first appears to be a stele and two small ruined buildings just off the dirt road is actually the sprawling site of a city that was once an…

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    Medebar Market

    Duck up northeast to soak up the atmosphere of the Medebar Market. No doubt you'll be awestruck the minute you enter this mind-boggling place. It's an…

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    Emba Derho

    This small village on the road to Keren is within the 25km limit from Asmara within which travellers can move freely without permits, and the foothills…

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    Green Island

    Green Island is 10 to 20 minutes from Massawa and is the most accessible place for decent snorkelling and tolerable beaches. It's certainly no Bora Bora,…

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    Hotel Savoiya

    As you come over the causeway from Taulud Island, a broad sweep of white, arcaded palazzi (palaces) stretches out before you. On the corner you'll see the…

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    Dahlak Islands

    A grouping of more than 200 islands off the Red Sea coast, the Dahlak Archipelago is populated by around 2500 people of the Tigre and Afar tribes living…

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    Sheikh Hanafi Mosque

    At the centre of the Piazza degli Incendi (meaning 'Square of the Fire', after it was the scene of a great fire in 1885) is the Sheikh Hanafi Mosque. At…

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    Mariam Dearit Shrine

    This small Catholic shrine to the Virgin Mary is built into a baobab tree said to be 500 years old or more. The site is extremely popular with locals and…

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    House of Abu Hamdum

    A remarkable example of Turkish Ottoman architecture with its mashrabiyya (trellised) balcony, which allowed cool breezes to enter and the air inside to…