Harar

Located in the Eastern side of Ethiopia, Harar is one of the most holy sites for Islam in the country. Within the city. there are 90 mosques in operation. Harar was built in the 12th century and in 1520 was captured by the Muslim Warrior, Ahmed Gragn.

He used it as a base to attack large parts of Ethiopia. In 1887, It was recaptured by Emperor Menelik II who appointed Ras Makonnen, one of his Generals to be the Governor. It was later governed by the son of Ras Makonnen, young Tafari Makonnen who would later have the title of Emperor Haile Selassie I in the 20th century. Some of the attractions here are Emperor Haile Selassie I’s former house, the Hyena Men who feed hyenas right out of their hands and mouths, and the beautiful city with its markets and colorful people.