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The Italian presence in the Country dates back to the end of the 19th century, when the post-unity Government acquired the bay of Assab (1882). After the occupation of the coastal town of Massawa, the Italians began to settle in the area of Asmara, on the highland.
In 1890 the Eritrean Colony was proclaimed. Among the former Italian colonial possessions, Eritrea is by far the one where the Italian imprint is deeper. In a census of 1939, the Italians resident in Asmara were about 53,000 on a population that did not reach 100,000 inhabitants.
Even today the strong Italian cultural heritage is present, particularly in the city of Asmara, whose historic center reflects the main artistic and architectural styles popular in Italy during the period 1890-1940. Thanks to the importance of its urban structure and its monuments, in July 2017 Asmara was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
After the Second World War in Asmara was established a Consulate General subordinated to the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa. With the independence of Eritrea in 1993, the Embassy of Italy to the State of Eritrea was opened in place of the Consulate.


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