Selassie Church


This church doesn't really deserve a gander, but it's a useful landmark off the main thoroughfare.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Harar attractions

1. Ras Makonnen Statue

0.12 MILES

In the centre of Ras Makonnen Sq stands a rather Italian-looking, equestrian statue of the ras (duke) cast in bronze by the well-known Amhara artist…

2. Smugglers’ Market

0.17 MILES

The Smugglers’ Market is chock-full of counterfeit clothing and electronics (some real stuff, too) from China. Most of it is smuggled in from Somaliland…

3. Recycling Market

0.24 MILES

Near the Shoa Gate Market is the Recycling Market where men repair metal materials and beat scrap into useful utensils. The whole area is undergoing a…

4. Shoa Gate Market

0.35 MILES

Elbow your way through the Shoa Gate Market (also known as the Christian Market) to find etan (incense) from the Jijiga area; it’s used in the famous…

5. Old Town

0.59 MILES

Harar’s old walled town (known as Jugal) is a fascinating place that begs exploration. The thick, 5m-high walls running 3.5km around town were erected in…

6. Feres Magala


The main square is a bustling place with several minor points of interest. Most conspicuous is the monument to those who died fighting against Menelik’s…

7. Medhane Alem Cathedral

0.62 MILES

On the east side of Feres Megala is this rather unimpressive cathedral, built by Ras Makonnen in 1890 on the site of an Egyptian mosque.

8. Fallana Gate Market

0.64 MILES

This attractive gate to the north is the site of a colourful market. A chat market, one of many in the city, is also found here.