View over Keren

Travel to Keren – Eritrea’s Second Largest City

Keren (formerly known as Cheren) is the second largest city in Eritrea and it is located north west of Asmara, the country’s capital. It is the capital of the Anseba province and home of the Bilen tribe. The city is integrated with different types of tribes, however, the Bilen and Tigre tribes are the dominant ones.

Attractions in the city include the Tigu nineteenth century Egyptian fort, the St Maryam Dearit chapel, lying in a baobab tree, the 1930s former railway station, the old mosque, Said Bakri Mausoleum, British Army and Italian Army cemeteries and local markets. The nearby sixth century Debre Sina monastery is known for its cave dwellings.

  • See the Art Deco architecture that the city is known for.
  • Visit forts and chapels.
  • Explore the second largest city in Eritrea.


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