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Harari woman - Ethiopia | by Eric Lafforgue
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Harari woman - Ethiopia

Harar (or Harrar or Harer) is an eastern city in Ethiopia. The city is located on a hilltop at 1885 meters.

For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial centre, linked by the trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula.

Harar Jugol has been listed in the World Heritage by UNESCO. It is "considered 'the fourth holy city' of Islam" with nearly 100 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century.

Harar is also famous for its coffees and the french poet Arthur Rimabud whol ived there.

The city is protected by a huge wall, and only few gates allowed people to enter. Nowadays, no more doors, just the Wall!


© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on January 8, 2012