Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mai Jah Jah Fountain, Asmara

Mai Jah Jah Fountain, AsmaraThe Mai Jah Jah Fountain follows the steps down from the suburb of Gezzabanda towards the centre of Asmara.

Contructed from a series of large rounded columns this fountain with the surrounding flowerbeds certainly makes a statement.

From what I hear, I was lucky to see it with the water running because I know other people who have been to the fountain several times and never got to see it running.

Mai Jah Jah Fountain, Asmara

Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City~ Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren & Naigzy Gebremedhim


  1. It is not Mai Khan Khan it is Mai jah jah fountain (flow of water - in Tigrigna (national language)). Do you think it is in Pakistan or India. It is Asmara, Eritrea.

  2. Thank you Hagosina.
    My Tigrigna is on a par with my Urdu or Hindi, that is non-existant. I've had a look at my copy of Asmara, Africa's Secret Modernist City by Denison, Yu Ren & Gebremedhin and they do call it Mai Jah Jah indicating that although the architect is unknown is was called La Fontana when it was built be the Italians in 1938. And yes, my Italian is on a par with my Tigrigna.

    I've changed the title and the text. Thank you.