Unraveling Eritrea – Masawa – Jewel of the Red Sea

Unraveling Eritrea - Masawa

By Jeff Koinange

“And once inside the coastal city of Massawa – past the causeway the Italians built decades ago – the first time visitor feels like they’re entering a special place peppered with history and tradition. The architecture is a reflection of the country’s colonial past; buildings that would not be out of place in Italian small towns and villages.”

“But long before the Italians landed here there were other pilgrims who left their mark. When Islam started spreading from the Middle East in the seventh century, the first stop was right here on the coast of Massawa.”

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