The Italian architecture that shaped new world heritage site Asmara

By Oliver Wainwright

The newly listed Eritrean capital features outstanding examples of experimental building design from the early 20th century

Standing as a startling collection of futuristic Italian architecture from the 1930s, perched on a desert mountain top high above the Red Sea, the Eritrean capital of Asmara has been listed as a Unesco world heritage site.

Announced as one of a series of new “inscriptions”, which are expected to include German caves with ice-age art and the English Lake District, Asmara is the first modernist city in the world to be listed in its entirety.

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