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Bahir Dar

Full nameBahir Dar
Official nameBahir Dar
Native nameባሕር ዳር
ZoneBahir Dar
Elevation6036.7 ft (1840 m)
Total Population199210 (2008)
Other information
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)

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Bahir Dar (Amharic: ባሕር ዳር "sea shore") is a city in north western Ethiopia. It is the capital of the Amhara Region (kilil).

Administratively, Bahir Dar is considered a Special Zone, placing it midway between Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa which are organized as chartered cities (astedader akabibi, equivalent to a kilil), and cities like Debre Marqos and Dessie, which are organized as woredas.

Bahir Dar is one of the leading tourist destinations in Ethiopia, with a variety of attractions in the nearby Lake Tana and Blue Nile river. The city is distinctly known for its wide avenues lined with palm trees and a variety of colorful flowers. It is also considered whomdate=August 2010 as one of the most beautiful, well planned, and safest cities by many standards, and in 2002 it was awarded UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize for managing to address the challenges of rapid urbanization.

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