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asmara historic perimeter

Asmara today is in the center of the world in terms of cleanness, tranquillity and architectural style, what it makes it unique and so lovely are the public buildings, villas, and mansions of Art Deco or Decorative Art. They were built from different architectural styles ranging from Art Deco to Futuristic and Rationalist . The architectural design of the buildings is very unique and especially the facades are catchy to watch. They are majestic and some of them look like sailing ships and monuments dear to remember.

Others look like exotic falls from alien worlds or otherworldly thing, and still others look like so wonderful paints of a genus artist. Anyone could observe by strolling to the Coptic Orthodox Church the Cathedral, the Mosque, the cinemas and what have you in the heart of the city which are a wonderful pieces of architecture. The majestic scenery of the buildings of Asmara highlighted by umbrella like palm trees are by themselves inviting to appreciate and give pleasure to see and admire.

Asmara is an ideal place to appreciate and to quench the nostalgia for the early 20th century Art Deco. That is why foreign visitors are heard saying people of Asmara are living in a museum. Thus, Asmara is an open air museum. Asmara and its Art Deco were built in the first four decades of the 20th century by mass labour force of its native people, and with few Italian lire and engineers. Most Art Deco buildings in the world are found in few cities. In Asmara, they are intact, preserved and old as saying has it, ‘Old is Gold’, whereas those in Europe and other places were destroyed either by the two Great Wars or by the successive modernization waves or both.

Places of Interest in Asmara

Asmara Cathedral File:Asmara Cathedral- with a bell tower that reaches high into the sky, the Cathedral of Asmara is a sterling piece of Lombard-Romanesque architecture and a useful bearing point for lost travelers.

Enda Mariam Orthodox Cathedral St. Mary - The ancient church is located at the center of the city and symbolizes the four directions of the earth east, west, north and south the four gates on each direction haver an equal number of worshipers passing through them every day.At the compound of this church you will find a tree colled "Berberestelim" long ago prists use to wash dead bodies by adding these tree leaves into the water and the body stays as it is for years.

Asmara Theatre and Opera House - Constructed in 1920, the Asmara Opera House is an amazing Italian Architectural piece.

Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque - Is one of the most elegant Mosques in Africa. The architecture is eclectic a mix Italian and local Moorish styles.

Fiat Tagliero - One a very few futuristic architectural pieces ever built in the World. It is an old service station designed to look like an airplane. It has two ~70 ft cantilevered wings, acting as a cover for each side.