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Places to visit in Eritrea and on our Eritrea tours
Why visit Eritrea?
In 1889 Asmara was occupied by Italian forces bent on creating an African empire, and was developed with many superb examples of Art Deco architecture, many of which remain today.
Asmara in the 1930s had a sizeable Italian community, but almost nothing of it remains today. After the Italians were pushed out of the country during the Second World War, Asmara was administered by the British before Eritrea was effectively transferred to the rule of Ethiopia. Asmara today, with its elegant palm lined streets, is a great place to wander around, taking in the old Art Deco buildings as well as admiring the numerous other styles of early 20th century architecture, such as the futuristic Fiat Tagliero building.
You can also take a ride on one of the traditional horse and carts that still ply the streets. It has a great market and is dotted with small Italian style cafes where it is possible to grab a cappuccino and lazily watch the world go by. Unlike many other towns in Eritrea, it was largely undamaged during the thirty year war for independence against Ethiopia.