Menelik II Square
Menelik II Square
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Martha M
2,462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
s far as I know, the monument of Emperor Minilik ll was ordered to be build by Queen Zewditu in memory of her fathers' victory in Adwa.I read some where that the monument was designed by an architect from German.The Queen was dead before the monument was erected.The crown prince Emperor Hailesilasse inaugurated the erection of the monument before he was crowned as a king of Ethiopia.Every since then people in Addis Ababa celebrate Adwa /Victory day/at Menilik II square.
The monument was removed when Ethiopia was under the Facist Italia.And it was returned to it place when Italians left.
Eventhough,People in Addis Ababa came to pay their respect at the square,their feeling about the king and the battle are not the same.
Inspite of the fact that,alot of people around tells that the battle of Adwa is the first time African won foreign invation,they do not seem to be knowledgeable about battles like Dogali where 500 Italian soldiers were killed by Ras Alula Abanega and more.
Victory day and St.Georges day is celebrated at the same day.It is said that Ethiopian warriors did take the replica of the Arc of st.George during the battle of Adwa.St.George is a big deal for most Ethiopian for he is considered the father of our freedom.The church of St.George is found on the left side of it.The arc of st.George was brought by king Minilik from Tigray.It was called Jeworgis bal Ambelay Feres when in Tigray now Yaradaw Gorgis in Addis.
Most people in Addis Ababa celebrate the victory Adwa by making along walk to Adwa,some by going to Piassa.
Some groups of youth out of Addis did come to ruin the moment of Menilik before month by claiming that inhuman king like him should not be recognized.
It will be great and interesting to see the monument if you know the back ground history.
Written May 27, 2019
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Tour Utopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
The victory of Adwa againist the agression of European colony of Facist Italy over Africa is impposible fighting with Ethiopia. The King Minilik-II;wise king of the founder of a re-united powerful Ethiopia and also established the new capital Addis Ababa.the king is the most adorable by the people of true Ethiopians during his time till today....Adwa is a victory for all humanity and Black Africans prides.The statue is erected by king Hailesilasie I,to comemorate the victory of Adwa for all Africans,the king is proudly galloping a wairrior horse to the east front.
Written November 4, 2018
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Ibadanboy
Nairobi, Kenya6,153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
Menelik II Square is in the center of the city in Addis Ababa. The area is also called Piazza There is a huge statue of the Emperor on a horse. The square is the starting point for counting distances on the highways of the Nation. All distance markers on the major roads are measured with a starting reference point from the bottom of this monument.
Written May 3, 2015
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nazarenevow
Atlanta, GA109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
If your on a visit, stop by and take some pics. This is something that all walks of life can gain knowledge from and asking the real questions. Can't wait to see it again in 2017
Written April 20, 2017
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elmocurl
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
In the middle of everything. We walked through it and moved on with our day. It should be pretty easy to incorporate into any two day Addis Ababa itinerary.
Written January 4, 2019
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Felicity I
Nassau, New Providence Island104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I arrived in Addis on the anniversary of the battle of Adowa. I visited this monument to honor King Menelik II. It is impressive. It was on a roundabout so my driver went around it a few times to allow me to soak it in.
Written May 18, 2017
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joyious
uae15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
The history of 5 years occupancy was more than they could barely. I'm proud they did not just let other nations run over them and disrespect their people,heritage and independence. Bravo Ethopia!!!
Written April 2, 2017
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kimanimichael13
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Business
Reminds one of the great civilizations and great rulers in Africa before the "Scramble and partitioning of Africa". The great wars fought for the motherland and self determination, Ethiopia stood out from the rest by resisting colonization and assisting other nations in their struggle for "independence"
Written February 17, 2017
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Robert S
Westbury, NY886 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Menelik II was a highly significant emperor in Ethiopian history. Under his leadership the Ethiopians defeated the invading Italians at the Battle of Adwa in 1895. His namesake, Menelik I was the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and is believed by Ethiopians to have brought the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandmants from Jerusalem to Axum (Ethiopia). Ethiopians believe it is still there. The neighborhood around the square reveals an interesting slice of life for the average resident.
Written March 8, 2020
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Shimnik
Delft, The Netherlands6,549 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The only thing that you would see is Menelik II on a horse in the middle of roundabout. If you come by a taxi, be prepared for a heavy tragic around this square.
Written January 2, 2020
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