The City Of Addis Ababa
The founders named it “the new flower” (Addis Abeba) after seeing a new flower at the site of the hot springs. This was the main reason for King Menelik and his Queen consort Taitu to come down from the Entoto Hills in 1886 to the valley below. Addis is a big metropolis sprawled over an area of 21,000 hectares or about 250 sq. km. With an altitude ranging from 2200 to 2500 meters, it is the third highest capital in the world.