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- Mek'eleFirst to ReviewNov 29, 2013
Mek'ele (Tigrinya: መቐለ?, Amharic: መቀሌ?, Italian: Macallè), also transliterated as Makale, is a city in northern Ethiopia and the capital of the Tigray Region. It is located some 780 kilometers north of the capital, Addis Ababa, at latitude and longitude
13°29′N 39°28′E / 13.483°N 39.467°E / 13.483; 39.467Coordinates:
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13°29′N 39°28′E / 13.483°N 39.467°E / 13.483; 39.467 with an elevation of 2084 meters above sea level. Administratively, Mek'ele is considered a Special Zone, which is divided into two woredas; this places Mek'ele in between Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa which are organized as chartered cities (astedader akabibi, equivalent to a kilil), and cities like Axum and Adigrat, which are organized as woredas.
Mek'ele is one of Ethiopia's principal economic and educational centers. Intercity bus service is provided by the Selam Bus Line Share Company. A new international standard airport, Alula Aba Nega Airport (ICAO code HAMK, IATA MQX), was recently opened. Local industry includes Mesfin Industrial Engineering, a steel fabrication and manufacturing factory, and Messebo Cement Factory, northern Ethiopia's principal cement production facility; both are companies owned and managed by the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT). In May 2000, Mekelle University was created by the merger of Mekelle Business College and Mekelle University College.
There are two primary local landmarks in this city. The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) monument commemorating the struggle against and overthrow of the Derg, is visible from most of the city - pictured below.
The other is the palace of Yohannes IV at the northern edge of Mek'ele. It was built at the Emperor's command by Giacomo Naretti, who had served Yohannes already at Debre Tabor, with the assistance of William Schimper, and completed in 1884. The complex still stands and now serves as a museum, where the Emperor’s throne, royal bed, ceremonial dress, rifles and many other valuable historical collections can be seen.
Other notable landmarks include the churches Enda Gabir, Enda Yesus Mek'ele Bete Mengist, Mek'ele Iyesus, Mek'ele Maryam, Mek'ele Selassie, and Mek'ele Tekle Haymanot. Trans Ethiopia is the local soccer team. A local market has been held every Monday since at least 1890.