Massawa island Batse (1)
The island Batse comprises the ancient historical center of Massawa and a marvelous
place to wander about. It is dedicated to port activities. This part of Massawa
was badly damaged at the end of the 1961-1991 war of liberation, when Ethiopia
bombed the city off and on for months. Massawans are busy reconstructing the
architecturally significant buildings, many of which are build using coral
There are many
interesting architectural features to be found. It has two mosques which are
the subject of special historic interest: El-shiafei, which was founded some eight
hundred years ago, and Sheikh-Hammali built (and subsequently rebuilt) in the
sixteenth century. Other highlights are the former Italian Bank, the decorative
facade of the house of Mammub Mohammed Nahari and the many carved wooden doors,
shutters and balconies. In the side-streets opposite the harbour you will find a 17th-century coral-block house, coral having once been the traditional building material for Massawan
Artist impression of the port of Massawa on one of the walls.
Post office and telecommunications office of Massawa (1999).
Hotel Torino is one of the low budget hotels in Massawa (1999).
tel +2911 55 28 55.
Savoya Hotel, also a low budget hotel (docks' entrance Massawa).
tel +2911 55 26 20.
Detail pictured in 1999 (8th anniversary of Eritrean liberation.
Docks' entrance Massawa - minibus to Asmara.
Handling ships at the quay of Massawa (1996). Port activities
from 1991-1999: - 3460 ships arrived - 6,385,619 metric tons
of goods unloaded - 345,817,554 tons of goods exported.
The battered former Italian Bank, Banca d'Italia,
next to the main entrance to the Massawa port.
The island is a good area for restaurants, cafes and bars. This
is Saba, the lady bartender in restaurant bar Kokhob Massawa,
my favorite place to rest and drink (your skin will piss it out).
As you can see, Saba is terrible in love with my US dollars.