Mekele attractions

Memorial in Mekele

Martyrs’ Memorial

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…
Museum in Mekele

Yohannes IV Museum

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…
Market in Mekele

New Market

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.
Monument in Mekele

Derg Bombing Monument

Southwest of the ‘bazaar’, the intriguing monument in the roundabout is a memorial to the victims of the Derg bombing in Hawzien.
Church in Mekele

Church of Tekla Haimanot

One of many churches that tower over the rooftops of central Mekele.
Park in Mekele

Lucy Park

Small and slightly scruffy stand of green in the city centre.
Church in Mekele

Mikael Church

Crowds of pilgrims throng here on St Mikael's saint day.
Cathedral in Mekele

Nativity of Mary Catholic Cathedral

The spiritual hub of Mekele's small Catholic community.
Church in Mekele

Kidane Mehret Church

Large Orthodox church that rises above the clamour.
Church in Mekele

Enda Maryam Church

An important landmark for the city's Christians.