Aba Jifar Palace
Aba Jifar Palace
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toyedi
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
The Kingdom of Jimma was one of the kingdoms in the Gibe region of Ethiopia that emerged in the 19th century. Jimma was considered the most powerful militarily of the Gibe kingdoms. The Kingdom of Jimma had its own administration, which was centered at the royal palace.

The Kingdom of Jimma Aba Jifar – the strongest Oromo state The kingdom of Jimma Aba Jifar was established around 1830. It was the largest and most powerful of the five kingdoms of Gibe. The five kingdoms were Jimma, Ennarya, Gera, Guma, and Gomma. After Aba Jifar, I ruled for 25 years the next very strong ruler, Aba Jifer II came to power. Aba Jifer II ruled from 1878 to 1932. Jimma was the center market, which used to attract many merchants from the surroundings areas and its location on trade route resulted in advancement economy and military. The Silver Maria Theressa Dollar and bars of salt were the main circulation of currency in Jimma.

The palace of Aba Jifar II at Jiren: This impressive palace that is about 8 kms from the center of Jimma city was built by the cost of 400 kg of Gold and 65000 Maria Theressa Dollars towards the end of 1860’s. The palace stands with colorful architectural beauty. In the compound of the palace still stand other four buildings: the public mosque, the mosque of Abba Jifar, residential palace of Aba Jifar, residential palace of Aba Jobir and Aba Dula (the grandson of Aba Jifar).

The Museum : The museum displays most of historical materials of King Abba Jifar, his kingdom and cultural objects of local Oromo People. The first set of collection in this museum is the personal household furniture of the king that includes beds of Abba Jifar, armchairs, utensils, religious manuscripts and others.
Written 17 April 2014
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JamesNDUNGU
Nairobi, Kenya18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Solo
Old and rich historical area. Sadly, there are no guides to take you out and explain, no captions to explain.
Written 13 August 2015
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Erik L
Coeur d'Alene, ID19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
You can’t go to Jima without learning about the history. This is a great place to see, feel, and experience the history of Ethiopia! Don’t miss it!
Written 4 February 2018
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bobinathens
Nokomis, FL1,381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
We visited here in late March 2016 during an overnight in Jimma on our way to the far southwest of Ethiopia. The old palace has a dilapidated charm and interesting artifacts. The setting, way above Jimma, is lovely and worth the trip. Give it at most an hour, but it's worth that.
Written 15 June 2016
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msfour
Portland, OR11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
Read a bit of history about this place and then visit to enjoy gorgeous views of Jimma and the valley. The palace is rickety in spots, but the history is quite interesting. Our guide had pretty good English and we learned quite a bit. Make sure to buy some sugar cane from kids outside the palace when you leave.
Written 11 May 2017
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N0B0rders
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Business
If you are visiting Jimma, it is a must along with the museum where all the furniture are now stored.
Written 16 March 2017
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Dawit Aragaw
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Business
Jimma is not the place where historical palace and museum are visiting but also the place where coffee Arabica originated. One can visit the dense forest of coffee and other species of flora. We had a wonderful time in Jimma,visiting the historical palace of Abajifar, the king of the local Oromo people. This palace is fascinating for visitors. The other nearest visiting place is the museum of Jimma, which has a collection of artifacts and handicrafts of the king, used in his time.
Written 25 April 2016
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Fkereselase
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
an amazing mix of wooden and masonry structure. The whole complex is amazing, having mosque, palace and living quarters
Written 6 November 2019
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Per H
Oslo, Norway16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Business
Interesting, in a local context. It is well worth to read about the place before you go, suboptimal guiding. The palace is somewhat run down.
Written 28 March 2017
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467lucasw
Berlin91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Business
From Jimma it is quite a walk to the palace but it is worth to hike (7,5km from the center), some parts are a bit steep and it is dusty. As alternative you can go by bajaj. In the palace is nothing left; all is transferred to the museum. From this place you have a tremendous view over Jimma and surroundings! I went there on the birthday of the prophet and it was very crowded, but very pleasant.
Written 18 January 2017
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