Harar

Home of the EMIR’S, Harar, is an Islamic state and Holly City that flourished during the 15th century (1437 AD) is located 528Kms east of Addis Abeba. The city is well recognized for its medieval architecture, great walls and was a center of Muslim enlightenment. Harar, was a strong hold to the Muslim Sultanate which ruled these lands and trade routes of the Medieval Time. Since its foundation, Harar has been ruled by Seventy Two success Imams. In today’s world, Harar stands as the fourth main Muslim Pilgrim sites next to Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The city is well known

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Al-Nejashi (Nejash)

Negashi is about 10 kms away from the town of Wukro, in Tigray region that lies on the plateau with a magnificent over head view of the surrounding area. “Negashi” got its name from a Tigrayian word “Negash” or “Negus” which is used as a variant word for Arab. The history of Negashi Mosque dates back to the 7th century AD, the faith Islam itself faced suffering in its early stages after the followers of Prophet Mohammed faced persecution by Quer’shi  tribe of the Mercantile ruler of Mecca. So, in order to maintain the very survival of the religion itself,

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Temple of Yeha

Yeha is situated 50km East of Axum. It is another historic places adorned with an attractive rock pillars and buildings. The temple of Yeha is the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia and was the largest pre- Christian Temple. It was ancient capital of Sabeans, which pre- dominantly where the founders of Axumite kingdom (in the pre- Axumite time). It was once a place where great civilizations dominated. Yeha is constructed by huge stone without the use of Mortar. This is a tower built in Sabean style and dated back 500B.C.  The remaining one side of its walls which is still

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Rock-hewn churches of Tigray

There are hundreds of Rock Hewn Churches over the mountains of Tigray. The rock churches are found in sandstone escarpments; stone built villages and cave churches in Gheralta, Timben, Hawezien, Atsibidera, GentaAfeshum, and Wukro and in many other places scattered unevenly. They vary from their modifications that roughly hewn out, beautifully elaborate wall murals and they are hidden in valleys, cliff faces and indeed, mountaintops. The town of Hawizen is a base for exploring these churches to any direction. Some of these churches are found in scenery of mountains, difficult ascent; others are famous for their stone workmanship, ancient paintings

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Axum and its ancient civilizations

Axum is found in the mountainous lands of Tigray Region, in the Northern part of the country which lies about 1024 kms north of Addis Ababa. It was the capital city of the Axumite Kingdom next to Yeha.  Axum was one of the powerful nations among the four greatest nations of ancient times, which its civilization flourished from the 1st century BC to the 7th century AD A powerful trading center, Axum controlled the highlands of northern Ethiopia and the Red Sea coast of present-day Eritrea. Culturally, it was closely associated with the people of southern Arabia, who spoke related

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Gondar and its Medieval period palaces, Castl

  Gondar was the 17th century capital of Ethiopia during the reign of Emperor Fasilades. It emerged as the largest permanent capital of Ethiopia next to Axum and Lalibela. It was an important administrative, commercial, cultural and religious centre until the middle of nineteenth century. The city’s unique imperial compound contains a number of castles built between 1632 and 1755 by various Emperors who reigned during this period. The first notable castle was built by Emperor Fasiladaes and he established the tradition that enhanced by his successors too. These dramatic castles, unlike any other African, display richness in architecture. During

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Lalibela

The town of Lalibela is found 776 kms north of Addis Ababa in mountains central highland part of Ethiopia. It was the capital of Zagwe Dynasty for three hundred years. Roha was its former name before it was renamed after King Lalibela. Being unofficial “eighth wonder of the world” Lalibela hosts the world’s most unique outstanding sacred sites: eleven rock hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level. They lie between the east and west of river Jordan. The churches entirely separated from the surrounding rock by deep trenches as

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Debre Damo Monastery

DebreDamo Monastery is found on the isolated flat topped mountain in northern part of Tigray some 85kms east of Axum. It is the oldest existing a 6th c and the 1st monastery in Ethiopia. The mountain is steeply raising plateau of rectangular shape, about 1000 by 400 meters in dimension. The monastery built in Axumite style with curved wood panels, painted ceilings and walls dedicated to Saint (Abune) Aregawi one of Nine Saints” who came to Ethiopia from Syria to spread Christianity. After that the history of DebreDamo is related with Saint Aregawi who settled on the top of mountain.

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17th Portuguese Bridge

Near to the Monastery of Debre Libanos a 17th century Portuguese Bridge settled at the head of a gorge that cleaves its way through the plateau towards the distant Abay (Blue Nile) river. The bridge itself is a structure of considerable interest. In its appearance and its method of building it is similar to other bridges far to the north, in Gojjam and in the Gondar region and constructed in the 17th century either by Indian or Portuguese masons before the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1633, or later in the same century during the subsequent Gondarine period. If indeed

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Tiya steale

Tiya is a megalithic site located at about 80km south of Addis Ababa in Soddo area on the road to Butajira. The monuments are supposed to be remains of medieval Ethiopia culture apparently dated from the 12th to 14th centuries. However, the local people claimed that they were the grave marker of the soldiers of Ahmed Gragn, dating the site to the 16th century. The Tiya monuments belong to one of stone 160 megalithic sites in the Soddo region. There are more than 45 standing monuments in Tiya. Few of them were removed from the site and can be seen

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