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Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Harar, Ethiopia.

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Harar Jugol feels less of a holiday destination than the end point of a spiritual pilgrimage. This ancient walled city in eastern Ethiopia contains over 82 mosques and over 100 shrines which can equal an intense look into the culture of Islam for cultural travellers and pilgrims alike. The mix of African and Islamic traditional influences on the city makes for a distinct aesthetic.

Exploring the interior of these unique buildings offers an intimate look into the development of this regions character and culture. While there’s a wealth of experiences to be found within the walls of the city, a visit to Harar Jugol would not be complete without making a trip outside to marvel at the centuries old walls and the expansive desert that surround the city.

Written by  Taryn McKinnon.

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“Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town”

'The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the eastern part of the country on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Harar Jug… Read more...

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