Asmara Beloved

Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, has a style and charm that delight the senses thanks to the unique blend of African, Arabic and European influences which have shaped the identity of the city. After decades of international isolation Asmara is now also recognised as a treasure trove of modernist architecture from the 1930s, still preserved in the original, human scale of the city.

Asmara Beloved is a coffee table book that celebrates the city and its people, documenting its architecture, cultural life, street scenes and economic endeavour. Complete with a historical introduction to the city, and featuring original poetry by Haile Bizen in Tigrinya and English, this is a book of dear memories for those who already know Asmara, and an inspiration for others yet to discover Eritrea and its unique capital.


Sami Sallinen was born in Finland in 1965 and lived in Asmara for seven years. Renowned Eritrean poet and writer Haile Bizen was born in Asmara in 1966. 


ISBN 0-7974-2648-5
Hardcover, 144 pages
Size 310mm x 260mm
Kimaathi Publishing House, 2003