At Former Imperial Palace, see a once-grandiose building now in decay, destroyed in 1990 during the Ethiopian-Eritrean war. Initially built as the private residence of Werner Munzinger, a Swiss man who explored Africa, and later serving as the winter residence of Emperor Haile Selassie during the first half of the 20th century, the building has long been an important political and cultural site. Since it’s now mostly in ruins, you can see the shadow of its past glory, manifesting itself through the imposing pillars, terraces, and the combination of blue and white marble tiles. For Former Imperial Palace and beyond, use our Massawa trip planner to get the most from your Massawa vacation.
Former Imperial Palace reviews
This is ghost town. I’m really sorry about this. Nothing to see in Massawa. But I hope that one day Massawa will be same like 20 years ago.
This is ghost town. I’m really sorry about this. Nothing to see in Massawa. But I hope that one day Massawa will be same like 20 years ago. more »
This is a complete ruin. It's a pity, it used to have to be beautiful. Imperial lions still guard the entrance.
This is a complete ruin. It's a pity, it used to have to be beautiful. Imperial lions still guard the entrance. more »
It's historical place and it was the imperial palace of first Hayleselase, the imperial of Ethiopia. At this time the palace is damaged because of the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea that happened in 1990 . At this time it has two big historical things , first it was imperial palace when Eritrea was under Ethiopia the second it tells the destructive Derg ( he was communist leader of Ethiopia ).
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