Ethiopia: National Palace to Be Open for Tourists

 Ethiopian historical palaces across the country including the National Palace will be open for tourists after rehabilitation. Preparations are being made for the rehabilitation works to make the 12 palaces in the country accessible for tourists.

The palaces will serve as 'life museums', displaying the kingship, lifestyle and family of the kings The government is working to make the area from the National Palace, around Kazanchis to the Palace of Minilik II at Arat Kilo tourist destination.

One of the historic palaces, the Castle of Emperor Yohannes IV at Mekele, has already opened for tourists following rehabilitation works.

The rehabilitation of the Castle of Yohannes IV, which has two buildings cost 82 million Birr.

The second palace to be rehabilitated is palace of King Minilik II, which is located in Addis Ababa around Arat Kilo area, now the seat for the Prime Minister of the country.

The 100 years old palace will be open for tourists after two and half years of maintenance.