Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square
Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
It is right in the middle of a busy street. You cannot stop nearby and cross over. I wanted to but couldnt. Also, why is such an important part of Ethiopian history limited to only a single monument in the middle of the street. It should be a park with a museum for future generations to know about.
Written November 20, 2022
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Dawit Aragaw
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia93 contributions
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Aug 2015
Situated in Sidist Kilo Square, this monument is dedicated to the war heroes of the Italian Occupation (1935-1941). In particular, the monument commemorates the lives and tragic deaths of citizens of Ethiopia attacked after an attempt was made on the life of Graziani, the Italian Governor of Addis Ababa, when Italian soldiers rased their homes to the ground in retaliation. The name Yekatit 12 comes from the date of the Ethiopian calendar that the events took place (corresponding to February 19, 1937).
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Rising dramatically from the roundabout Siddist Kilo is this moving monument to the thousands of innocent Ethiopians killed by the Italians as retribution for the attempt on Viceroy Graziani’s life on 19 February 1937. ‘Yekatit 12’ is a date in the Ethiopian calendar roughly equivalent to 19 February.

Written August 13, 2015
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Samer A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
A monument that could be seen in 6 Kilo street which could be seen through the to Entoto or Sheromeda
Written January 18, 2019
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pancetta_11
Ravenna, Italy450 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Couples
It is a pity that people tend to forget. Unfortunately even tourist guides lack deep history knowledge. The monument depicts people hanged and fired. These killings by the italian soldiers were certainly quite numerous. But as many killings were carried on by uncontrolled italian civilians; Slaughters continued for three days, ethiopian quarters put on fire, people stabbed or shot by guns. Moreover responsables for attempt against Graziani were not ethiopian, but two patriots from Eritrea
Written December 17, 2018
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Martin Z
Switzerland2,039 contributions
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May 2018 • Solo
This monument and testament of Italy's cruel history in Ethiopia is situated in one of the most busy areas in Addis. It is unfortunately not well protected and difficult to access by foot, without risking to be mowed down by vehicles. Nevertheless, it is still worthwhile to see this place and think about the past events that have taken place in the 1930s.
History states the following: Yekatit 12 is a date in the Ethiopian calendar, equivalent to 19 February in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used to refer to the indiscriminate massacre, known as the Addis Ababa massacre, and imprisonment of Ethiopians by elements of the Italian occupation forces following an attempted assassination of Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, Marchese di Neghelli, Viceroy of Italian East Africa, on 19 February 1937. The Marchese di Neghelli had led the Italian forces to victory over their Ethiopian opponents in the 2nd Italian invasion of Ethiopia and was supreme governor of Italian East Africa. This was one of the worst atrocities committed by the Italian occupation forces and has been described as the worst massacre in Ethiopian history, period.
Written May 18, 2018
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Zerihun M
Addis Ababa72 contributions
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Mar 2017
This monument explains and shows suffering Ethiopian people during their struggle to resist the Italian 2nd trial to occupy the country. It reflects the scarification paid by many Ethiopians to keep the country liberated from colonial powers.
Written March 21, 2017
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Ruth K
Shire, Ethiopia35 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Solo
This is an amazing and very poignant monument to the Italian Occupation of Ethiopia. The tragedy of poor communication and cross cultural lack of understanding that led to death of mi;tray on one side and a massacre on the other.
Written July 26, 2016
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Ibadanboy
Nairobi, Kenya6,008 contributions
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May 2015 • Solo
Visited the Matyrs Square during my recent trip to Addis Ababa. There is a monument here erected in the memory of those who were killed by the Fascist Italian occupiers in 1936. This was a massacre ordered by the Italian Vice-Roy in response to an assassination attempt carried out against him. There is an obelisk standing in the center of the square. When we visited, it was partially covered up at the base as some work is being on the it. Very much worth a visit as this is a very important part of Ethiopian history. Highly recommended!
Written May 3, 2015
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704RichardW2014
Christchurch, New Zealand212 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
While getting around the city you highly likely to pass through this square.
If you wish to take a photgraph goto the foot bridge over the road where masses of people are reading newspapers looking for jobs.
Written November 2, 2019
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Professional-Pilgrim
Alberta, Canada1,351 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Not easy to see, as the traffic circulating around it is usually very dense. You could risk walking across the flow, or use binoculars to observe the statuary.
Written January 13, 2019
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