Seba Dereja, (70 steps as this place is known) is a historical staircase in Piassa, which is to be renovated with an outlay of over four million Birr, Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau, has reported.


The historical staircase, located in the heart of the city was built by Armenian Architects during the reign of Emperor Menelik II, said Tangible Historical Study Senior Expert Mekbib G/Mariam, adding that the maintenance work would be carried out carefully to preserve its originality.


The stair’s construction was facilitated by Ras Mekonnen, the then governor of Harar Province and has seen no renovation ever since.


Despite the site’s renewal, the entire village needs to be preserved for it also hosts myriads of intangible heritages. “In addition to the intangible heritage relating to earlier population settlement and service provision in the capital, a cave stretching from Ras Mekonnen Terrace to the then Genete Luel Palace, now Addis Ababa University main campus, has not been well preserved.”


Part of the heritage, the Res Mekonnen Retaining Wall, had been reconstructed back in 2011.