Ethiopia opens doors to its Imperial Palace for the first time

16 Oct 2019

On 11th October Unity Park opened its doors to the public – locals, and tourists – for the first time in more than a century. The Park’s 40-acre compound is home to Menelik Palace, which was established in 1887 by Emperor Menelik II.

Unity Park was inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy and symbolizes Ethiopia’s ability to “come together for a common goal and cross the finish line by creating an exquisite lasting print of our collective worth.”

The park comprises a mix of landscaped open areas, renovated palace buildings and animal enclosures. The restored rooms feature items like Menelik’s sword and a life-size wax replica of former Emperor Haile Selassie.

 

A waxwork of former emperor Haile Selassie sits in the Throne House

On 10th October, regional heads of state, government officials, the diplomatic corps and other dignitaries toured the expansive site before attending a banquet.

Tickets to visit the Park can be purchased online at https://unitypark.et. Regular tickets cost $20, while VIP options are $50. Children under 12 go for free.

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