As Addis Ababa is a heterogeneous city that provides an exciting opportunity to wander through the past and the present simultaneously for its zealous visitors, I thought it would be appropriate to pick one interesting spot from many Addis Ababa’s past treasures and gives it the homage that it deserves via this particular virtual tour that I would like to present to the world.
Itegue Taitu Bitul (Empress Taitu) is the wife of Emperor Menelik II – the renowned king of Ethiopia who found Addis Ababa. The 107 year old Itegue Taitu Hotel which is named after Empress Taitu situated at the heart of Addis Ababa city which locally known as Piazza – old town which hosts few other still standing momentous and interesting old buildings.
The Ethiopian imperial royal family was well known for entertaining guests in a most lavish and Ethiopian way with delicious Ethiopian traditional cuisines and mead at their still standing palace in Addis Ababa. Thus, the very first Ethiopian hotel to provide guests a place to rest and dine first appeared in the Ethiopian Empress imagination and beautifully materialized in 1907.
This still functional old Hotel is worth a visit as it is still captures the aura of the past in spite of the fact it is tastefully renovated. Simply, the place is full of character which I think need to be lovingly cherished and perhaps ought to be turned to a museum.
The main building in particular would be an interesting one to visit in and out … even to dine and wine. Talking about captivating character, the restaurant is gracefully embellished with colorful paintings in which for most of them the main theme revolves around the historic founders of this place – Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu.
The interesting staircases are not only worth seeing but worth climbing as it provides a mesmerizing experience of transporting oneself to an interesting Ethiopian era. The stairs also gracefully leads to a huge corridor for the upstairs rooms with interesting high ceiling.
The corridor is also embellished with interesting furniture and of course with museum pieces of paintings on the wall which makes it all worth paying a visit to one of Addis Ababa’s very own historic old buildings.