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Dessie , is a city and a Zone in north-central Ethiopia. Located in the Amhara Region, it sits at a latitude and longitude of, with an elevation between 2,470 and 2,550 metres above sea level.Dessie is located along Ethiopian Highway 2. It has postal service, and telephone service from at least as early as 1954. The city has had electrical power since at least 1963 when a new diesel-powered electric power station with a power line to Kombolcha was completed, at a cost of Eth$ 110,000. Intercity bus service is provided by the Selam Bus Line Share Company. Dessie shares Combolcha Airport with neighbouring Kombolcha.Dessie is home to a museum, in the former home of Dejazmach Yoseph Birru. It also has a zawiya of the Qadiriyya order of Islam, which was the first Sufi order to be introduced into north-east Africa.EtymologyThere are two accounts on the origins of the name of the city today known as Dessie. According to the more widely cited Abyssinian account, Emperor Yohannes IV was camping in the highlands to the west of the Chefa Valley in 1882 on an expedition to forecefully convert the Muslim Wollo who lived in the region to Christianity. As he was looking for a place to centralize his power in the newly conquered region of Wollo, he stayed overnight in a pre-existing town that is now contained within Dessie. While there, he spotted a comet. He was so impressed by the sight of it that he interpreted it to be a sign from heaven to found his capital city there. Thus, he named it Dessie (Amharic "My Joy"), as a reference to the elation that the comet had made him feel.
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