Arthur Rimbaud Center

Friday, December 26, 2014
Harar, Harari, Ethiopia
Near the middle of the walled city, and often mistakenly called Rimbaud's House, is this museum dedicated to the poet Arthur Rimbaud. It has a series of illustrated wall panels mainly in French about his life. It’s in an attractive Indian merchant house built on the site of an earlier house where it’s said Rimbaud lived. It would have been an elegant mansion in it’s hey days.

There’s an excellent photographic exhibition of turn-of-the-20th-century Harar, with several of the photos taken by Rimbaud, that show some similarities to the city of today but also many significant differences. Rimbaud introduced photography to Harar when he moved here in 1880 and his photos are priceless documents of life in the city more than a hundred years ago.

In front is a women’s association where they were selling their basket weaving and other items.

I just loved the coloured stained glass windows up on the first floor and capturing the city views through them.

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