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    • Eritrea, country of the Horn of Africa, located on the Red Sea.
    • Eritrea’s coastal location has long been important in its history and culture—a fact reflected in its name, which is an Italianized version of Mare Erythraeum, Latin for “Red Sea.
    • ” The Red Sea was the route by which Christianity and Islam reached the area, and it was an important trade route that such powers as Turkey, Egypt, and Italy hoped to dominate by seizing control of ports on the Eritrean coast.
    • Those ports promised access to the gold, coffee, and slaves sold by traders in the Ethiopian highlands to the south, and, in the second half of the 20th century, Ethiopia became the power from which the Eritrean people had to free themselves in order to create their own state.

    Eritrea has so much to offer, here are some of the things Eritrea is known for.

    • Art Deco Architecture: Discovering Asmara's dazzling collection of colonial-era architectural wonders.
    • Massawa Old Town: Exploring the ruined alleyways and faded-glory buildings of this historic coastal town, which suffered heavy bombing at the tail end of the War for Independence.
    • Keren Camel Market: Soaking up the languid atmosphere of Eritrea's beguiling and multicultural second city, and joining the weekly walk out to haggle for camels and other livestock on the edge of town.
    • Tank Graveyard: Getting a first-hand look at the devastation wrought by decades of war at this military-hardware dumping ground on the outskirts of the capital.
    • Qohaito: Speculating on Eritrea's mysterious past at these enigmatic ruins on an old Aksumite trade route.

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