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UNITY PARK

UNITY PARK

Unity Park Inside The National Palace of Ethiopia
Unity Park located within the National Palace of Ethiopia embodies the generational legacy of Ethiopia And Ethiopians. Prime minister Dr. Abiy has announced that The park will be open to the public as of October 11, following the October 10th launch

The National Palace was built under Emperor Menelik II over a century ago, the Palace rests on 40,000Sqm of land. For generations, it has been viewed as the epicenter of political power, where the most powerful family in the land resides. The renovated compound incorporates several sights of interest to visitors, including an arena, a playground, a zoo, three churches, the House of Royals, and an imperial banquet hall.

Unity Park Sightseeing
Banquet Hall
The Banquet Hall or commonly called ‘Gibir adarash’, was built during the reign of Emperor Menelik II. When it was constructed, it had a capacity to entertain almost 8000 guests at a time. Emperor Menelik used to organize feasts three times a week, not to mention the plentiful carousals during festive days. In 1963 following the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Emperor Haile Selassie had organized a feast for the founding fathers of OAU in this same Hall. In 2019 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, had arranged a 5-million-birr dinner as part of raising money for the project ‘Beautification of Addis Ababa’.

The Throne Hall
The “Throne Hall” or “Throne House” as it is also known is where Ethiopia’s monarchs would meet with the provincial lords of aristocratic backgrounds and royal lineage to discuss local issues and make important decisions on subjects such as land tax. On special occasions, space was also used to welcome nobles and foreign dignitaries. Queen Elizabeth II of British, Charles De Gul of France, and Joseph Broz Tito of Yugoslavia were only a few of the distinguished world leaders to be received in this Hall during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie. During the Dergue regime, the Throne House served as a meeting hall for the Dergue Central Committee in which numerous matters were deliberated, including the famous rural land expropriation proclamation and the decision to kill high officials of Emperor Haile Selassie. The Throne Hall is highly decorated with precious stuccos covering the walls and ceiling. It takes its name from the large, golden throne displayed in the center. There are plinths featuring the Star of David, the symbol of the Solomonic Dynasty, at the base of the columns supporting the canopy holding the crown. At the top, statues of angels extend their arms, expressing praise. Currently, the “Throne Hall” houses the main exhibition of Unity Park museum. The exhibition celebrates the history and culture of Ethiopia, a nation shaped by its ethnic and religious identities and its politics. It traces Ethiopia’s evolution through legends, cultural beliefs, various governments, and historical events- some of which took place here in Menelik palace.
Menelik II’s Palace Complex
Menelik Palace Complex refers to the octagonal structure and other collections of historical buildings that were built at the time of Emperor Menelik II. This Complex consists of the private prayer room of Emperor Menelik II and the Emperor’s watching tower, Emperor Menelik II’s office, Menelik IIʼs bedroom and Reception Room, Etege Taytu Betul’s Bedroom, the Minister of War’s Waiting Room, The Princes’ Bedroom, Council of Ministers and a small banquet hall. The first telephone for the entire country was also installed in this building.

Ethiopian Zoo (Black-maned Lion Zoo)
This section of the park is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of diverse types of fauna and flora of the country. Over 20 species of animals and plantations are parts of this extraordinary zoo.

visitors can purchase online tickets at the official website of the park.

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Date

April 15, 2021

Category

Ethiopia, Outdoor