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Harar is an ancient city in eastern Ethiopia. Harar (sometimes spelled Harrar or Harer) is has a population of abot 75,000.

The renowned French poet Arthur Rimbaud house in Harar

For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial center, linked by the trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, the entire Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and, through its ports, the outside world. One of the major attractions of Harar is a manssion once housed the French's renowned poet Arthur Rimbaud. The manssion is now converted to a museum.

Arthur Rimbaud's portrait, as it displays in the house

Harar Jugol has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006 in recognition of its cultural heritage. It is considered the fourth holiest city of Islam with 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines.

The celing of the French poet's house.

Get in

By bus

By Plane

  • Harar is served by Dire-Dawa international airport.

Get around

The blue and white minibuses and rental vehicles are available.


  • The old town is home to ninety-nine mosques and many more shrines, centred on Feres Magala square.
  • Notable buildings include Medhane Alem Cathedral and the sixteenth century Jamia Mosque.
  • There is also a market.
  • A long standing tradition of feeding porridge to hyenas one night a year developed in the 1960s into a nightly feeding show for the benefit of tourists.



  • Incrideable hand crafts that are available on the market.




There are very few mid range accomedations. However, Dire-Dawa has a better selection of hotels and restaurants.

Get out

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