From a distance, this memorial to the victims of the Derg could be mistaken for the world’s biggest golf ball and tee. From up close it’s another story, with larger-than-life statues flanking the tower that illustra…
The Italian-designed stone palace built for Emperor Yohannes IV (r 1872–89) is now an interesting museum. Although the palace itself is undergoing a thorough restoration, the three-part collection (royal regalia, re…
The city's main market is busy but not Ethiopia's most interesting – its stallholders mostly sell modern household goods and the sort of clothes of interest only to locals.
Southwest of the ‘bazaar’, the intriguing monument in the roundabout is a memorial to the victims of the Derg bombing in Hawzien.
One of many churches that tower over the rooftops of central Mekele.
Small and slightly scruffy stand of green in the city centre.
Crowds of pilgrims throng here on St Mikael's saint day.
The spiritual hub of Mekele's small Catholic community.
Large Orthodox church that rises above the clamour.
An important landmark for the city's Christians.