After centuries of existence as a poor obscure village, Asmara is
now being rebuilt, enlarged and made into an up-to-date city. Travelers,
arriving in the town over the new railroad from Massaua find its cool
climate a pleasant respite from the steaming hot atmosphere at sea level.
A modern hotel, shops, and glittering official life make it the busy
center of Italian rule in Eritrea. A tall bell tower rises above the
capital's largest church in the background.
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