Asmara City

Asmara City

Asmara city


Asmara is the capital city and largest settlement in Eritrea. Asmara is situated in Eritrea’s central Maekel Region. It is known for its well-preserved colonial Italian modernist architecture.

History of the City

Asmara acquired importance as a result of Alula’s choice for the capital of his province and when it was occupied by Italy in 1889 and was made the capital city of Eritrea in preference to Massawa by Governor Martini in 1897. Its origins actually reach back to between 800 BC and 400 BC.

The city is divided into thirteen districts or administrative areas: Acria, Abbashaul, Edaga Hamus, Arbaete Asmara, Mai Temenai, Paradiso, Sembel, Godaif, Maekel Ketema or Downtown, Tiravolo, Gejeret, Tsetserat and Gheza Banda


Asmara City covers an area of 70 km² with an estimated population of over 649,000 people.

Mayors of Asmara City

Tewelde Kelati

Haregot Abay

Transport system

Transport systems in Asmara include; Taxis that run in the city of Asmara, railway station in Asmara that connects the city with Massawa and Asmara International Airport.

Attractions in Asmara

The following are major tourist attractions of Asmara City

  • Fiat Tagliero
  • Cathedral of Asmara
  • Liberation Avenue
  • Cinema Imperio
  • Nda Mariam Othodox Church
  • Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara
  • Asmara Theater and Opera House
  • Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque
  • National Museum Asmara
  • Synagogue of Asmara
  • Denkalya Desert
  • Sembel Archaeological Site