Tomb of Emir Nur – Harar, Ethiopia - Atlas Obscura

Tomb of Emir Nur

Harar, Ethiopia

This bright green structure is the final resting place of the 16th-century leader responsible for building the walls around Harar. 


The final resting place of a 16th-century emir of the fabled Ethiopian city of Harar, the tomb of Nur is small but extremely green. It is rarely visited due to it being tucked away along a side street amid a maze of equally enthralling alleys and streets and having erratic opening hours that seem to be at the whim of its one caretaker. 

Nur ibn Mujahid ibn Ali Andullah al Shuli Suha, for whom the tomb is named, reputedly built the walls that surround this great city, which is one of holiest spots in the Muslim world. Its residents, once foreigners were allowed in, included French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Surrounding the tomb are four walls that on a couple of sides almost touch the tomb. There is a tiny mosque to one side. Nur is considered to be a saint.

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