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HARAR

The Medieval "Walled City", with its 99 mosques and shrines, is considered the fourth most sacred centre of the Islamic World. A strong stone and mud wall with five large gates surround the town of Harar. Harari women are famous for making beautiful baskets while the town's silversmiths are famous for their attractive jewelry. Places of interest to be visited in Harar are: the "Rimbaud House" which is named after the famous French poet who lived there in 1880,the rich and exciting market places, the house of Ras Mekonnen and the Hyena-man performance who, in the early evening feeds his wild friends, the hyenas, with meat and bones which he holds between his teeth.

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SOF OMAR

One of the most spectacular and extensive underground caverns in the world: the Sof Omar cave system, an extraordinary natural phenomenon of breathtaking beauty, is to be found at 120 kilometers (74 miles) eastward from Gobba, in Bale, in a low valley filled with thorn trees and weird funnels of termite hills.

Yet another mysterious site takes visitors from Gobba, in Bale, for 120 kilometers (74 miles) eastward through a low valley filled with thorn trees and weird funnels of termite hills. The visitors are sure to be awestruck with one of the most spectacular and extensive underground caverns in the world: the Sof Omar cave system, an extraordinary natural phenomenon of breathtaking beauty. The caverns are formed by the Web River, which vanishes into this giant underground world with its arched portals, high, eroded ceilings, and deep, vaulted echoing chambers.

The caves currently constitute an important Islamic shrines named after the saintly Sheikh Sof Omar, who is said to have taken refuge here many centuries ago. The site has a religious history of thousands of years, which predates the arrival of the Muslims in Bale. The caves are where nature has worked wonders of architecture, where one can see soaring pillars of stone twenty meters (66 feet) high, flying buttresses, fluted archways, and tall airy vaults. Finally, the river itself is reached, sunless sea flowing through a deep gorge. The large central hall of Sof Omar, the "Chamber of Columns" (so named after the colossal limestone pillars that are its dominant feature) is one of the highlights of the cave system.

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