Eritrea: Art Deco and matriarchal tribes

Why Eritrea?

Eritrea is unique and must be visited before everything becomes normal or similar to other countries. Eritrea has been baptised as the African North Korea… In a certain way it is true. The country is closed, you need permits to get into and out of any town or village. All the youth are ‘mobilized’ in case Ethiopia invades again. Since 2018, after the Peace Agreement with Ethiopia things seem to be relaxing but Eritrea continues to be the private garden of the strong man in the country, President Isaias Afewerki. Asphyxiating for the Eritreans but a unique experience for those who we like experiencing new sensations… What has Eritrea to offer besides being stopped in time? Asmara, the capital is an architectonic treasure. Mussolini tried to convert it in the African Rome and invested money that today is reflected in wonderful Art Deco and Futuristic constructions all over the city. Out of Asmara we find a virgin coas Read More

Bilen

Also known as Balen, Belen, Bogo, Bogos, or Agaw.

Population & Ecosystem
100.000 Bilen live in the fertile hills around Keren town in central Eritrea.
 

Bilen

Also known as Balen, Belen, Bogo, Bogos, or Agaw.

Population & Ecosystem
100.000 Bilen live in the fertile hills around Keren town in central Eritrea.

Economy & Society
Bilen are either sedentary Christian farmers or Muslim cattle rearers. Bilen traditional society is organized into kinship groups.  Engagement is arranged by family; the couple has no say whatsoever in their future married life. If for some reason the two lovers get married without prior permission from their parents, the boy is obliged to pay a certain sum of money plus an ox to the girl's father. Among Christians, there must be no blood relationship Read More

Asmara Architecture

Italy developed an urban plan for the capital of its colony as early as 1913, though it was under Mussolini's fascist government that modern architects built the city into what it is today, earning it the nickname "La Piccola Roma".

Everything from cinemas to cafes to prisons were constructed in rapid succession, an entire city popping up inland from the Red Sea. Little was left untouched my modernist hands.
 
Many of the great architectural schools of the period are represented throughout the city: Italian Rationalism, Italian Futurism and Novecento; Streamline Moderne, Bauhaus, Expressionism, Functionalism and Cubism.
 
In July 2017, Asmara received UNESCO’s World Heritage Site designation for its modernist architectural marvels.
 
Governor’s Palace (1897) built by Fer Read More

Dankalia (Danakil) Desert
Eritrea is a land of contrasts: within a few hours, for example, you can travel from the cool air of the rugged mountains to the arid reaches of the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest places on earth (Kobar sink-100m bsl). Some Eritrean journeys are easy, some difficult, but all offer a taste of the unique experience that is Eritrea. In the southern part of Eritrea lies the vast lowland area known as the Danakil Depression. Often likened to a lunar landscape, the Danakil region is a wondrous and vast-expanse of hot and dry desert skirted below sea level, the depression boats some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded on earth.

Dankalia is one of the most inhospitable areas on earth. It is for the most part poor of fauna and flora and presents alternately desert flatlands and isolated mountain groups, sometimes interrupted by valleys spotted by thorny acacias. Green oasis of dum-palm trees interrupts the desert lan Read More
Eritrea Visa
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry to Eritrea. Most nationalities will have to purchase a visa for Eritrea advance to travel. You may also have to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover the duration of your stay upon entry to the country. For those where there is no Eritrean Embassy, entry visa can be granted up on arrival at the airport upon prior request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Asmara.


Travel Permits in Eritrea
Travel permits are required for all tourist visits outside Asmara, which can be obtained from the Ministry of Tourism’s Information Office. Last Places t Read More

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