Harar is considered as a holy city by the Muslims, and within its walls are no less then 90 mosques. It was founded in the 12th century and in 1520 was captured by Ahmed Gragn (the left-handed) who from Harar invaded large parts of Ethiopia. In 1875 Harar was captured by the Egyptians and in 1887 by Menelik II who appointed Ras Makonnen, whose army defeated the Italians at Adwa and father of Haile Selassie, as its governor. The former house of Haile Selassie can be visited and is momentarily used by a healer, who with herbs can cure you from a lot of diseases. The French poet Rimbaud has lived in Harar as a trader and his beautiful house is still visited by tourists. The original Harari houses are also famous for their beautiful paintings and sculptured. All around the walled city we find bigger and smaller markets famous for basket, spices and chat. The Hyena man is considered as one of the tourist attractions of Harar, Here one can see men feeding the hyenas in the evening. The major beauties of Harar are its colorful people and its unique atmosphere. It's a pleasure to walk around the city, look at the people and bargain at the markets. As a centre of commerce which it used to be, Harar feels like a place where people live and let live, a laizez faire mentality.