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asmaranightAsmara is situated at an altitude of 2350 meters and has a population of close to 400,000. Originally a commercial centre; Asmara was developed into its present form by the Italians as their administrative centre, becoming the capital city in 1897 filled with Jacaranda and bougainvillea, the city has an almost Mediterranean atmosphere. Asmara is full of Italianate architecture in the art deco style of the 1920s and 1930 s .Broad palm tree lined boulevards cafes; lead through to well tend public gardens; elegant places and imposing churches. Behind this formal exterior lies a lively and traditional city.

The relaxing and welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by the climate: The annual mean temperature is 17° C though even in winter (November to January) the days have clear blue skies and it is warm enough to wear short sleeved shirts. The main rainfall occurs in July and August when humidity can reach 70 percent.

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