The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the Eastern part of Ethiopia on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. , is believed to be the forth-holiest city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Harar Jugol, said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam, numbers 90 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines.
The townhouses with their exceptional interior design constitute the most spectacular part of Harar’s cultural heritage. The impact of African and Islamic traditions on the development of the town’s building types and urban layout make for its particular character and uniqueness. .
One of Harar’s main attractions is the hyena man who feeds hyenas on the outskirts of the town every night and the other is The old City Wall of Harar which is the symbol of Islamic architecture and it is one of the world heritage sites listed by UNESCO.