World Heritage Sites in Eritrea

Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa

(15.335 N 38.931 E)

The capital of Eritrea is located at over 2000 metres above sea level and developed from the 1890s onwards as a military outpost for the Italian colonial power. The urban ensemble was designed during several stages of development on an orthogonal grid plan with diagonal axes. The city was divided into quarters following the principles of racial segregation. During the short fascist period of 1935-1941 the city received its distinct modernist and rationalist public buildings, which mostly have survived intact since then.

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Last Updated: April 20, 2019