It is a historical place where Emperor Menelik 2 resided and built his palace, when he came from Ankober and founded Addis Ababa.
It is considered a sacred mountain and has many monasteries.
The mountain is densely covered by eucallyptus trees that were imported from Australia during the reign of Menelik II, and mostly planted during Emperor Hile Selasie's reign.
it is sometimes referred to as the "lung of Addis Ababa".
The forest on the mountain is an important source of firewood for the city.
It was also a source of building material in earlier times.