Historic Site Tour

Welcome to the beauty of historic Ethiopia.


Legend has stated that emperor Menelik I, son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the ark of covenant from Jerusalem to Axum where he introduced Christianity and helped to widespread this religion throughout the central part of Ethiopia, as a result the first Orthodox Tewahido †Church baptized as Saint Mary was built in the center of Axum city by the then Emperor. One of the worldís longest known, un uninterrupted monarchial Dynasties. Ethiopia history encompasses legend and tradition, mystery and fact, from a powerful and religious ancient civilization.

Traveling the route by air, road, or a combination of both, provides a glimpse into a remarkable past. The well-trodden path through Ethiopian fascinating historic places take you through magnificent, scenic of legendary cities namely: Lalibela, Axum, Gonder, Bahar dar and Harar and to well known monastery called Debre Damo.

Ethiopia is truly a land of discovery - Brilliant and beautiful, secretive, mysterious and extraordinary.

 



yeaha
Yeha

Ethiopian historic route begins with the glance at tantalizing remains of Yeha near the town of Adua- the centre of the earliest civilization in northern Ethiopia. The journey takes you on rough tracks through the dramatic highland scenery ending in a serene agricultural hamlet. Yellow limestone ruins of the "Temple of the moon" date back to the 5 th. Century BC . The edifice with its precise -fitting blocks of stone was built by the Sabaean civilization. Yeah is famed for its inscriptions and fine objects of bronze and other artifacts which have been discovered by excavation in the 19 th. Century.

Blue Nile falls (Bahar Dar)
Blue Nile falls


Restorative work explains the Gonderene character of some of the paintings found in some of the monasteries and churches on the islands of Lake Tana. The thirty seven islands around lake Tana are homes to twenty monasteries - surviving ruminants of an old, contemplative tradition

The starting point of any visit to the Blue Nile falls, or to the islands of Lake Tana, is the bustling market town of Bahar Dar. The wide,palm-lined avenues and gardens overflowing with tropical vegetation and the variety of handicrafts and weaving centers ,make it a comfortable base for Excursions-either by land or by water.

Gondar
Gondar

The graceful city of Gonder was founded by Emperor Fasilidas in 1635, famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches. Flanked by twin mountain streams Gonder retains an atmosphere of antique charm mingled with an aura of mystery. The city was once a vigorous and vital center for religious learning and art. For more than two hundred years skilled instruction in painting, music, dance, pottery and many other disciplines thrived. Emperor Fasildes and his successors saw their elegant capital as phonies and so patronized the arts. The so called Bathing place of Emperor Fasildas is filled with water every year for celebrating the Epiphany (Timket) holiday.

Axum
Axum

The northern most stop along the route of Ethiopia, Axum is the site of Ethiopiaís most ancieThe northern most stop along the route of Ethiopia- Axum is the most ancient city of Ethiopia and renowned for its Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion where, it is claimed where the original Ark of the Covenant is kept. Axum is also famous for its seven mysterious and ancient monolithic Stelae, all hewn from single pieces of granite, some of which are carved with images of doors and windows. The height the longest Stelae is 33 meters and it weighs over 500 tones. It is the largest monolith in the world, but it fell down at some remote period in the past.

Axum which is surrounded by hills still yields evidence of its splendors and pageantry of its glorious past, a wealth of temples, fortresses and fascinating remains of palaces. Here we quote the Palace remains of Queen Saba which is located at the outskirt of Axum , a couple of Kilometers from the place where the Stelaes are found erected elegantly.

Debre Damo
Debre Damo

Itís a unique monastery one canít forget it easily. At the top of the hill where the monastery is found, people are leading a normal and real life. They farm their land and harvest when the crops are ripe and one can have a very nice view from the top of the plateau. What it makes it unforgettable is that the difficulty to reach at the top of the hill. When one is interested and take the risk to climb the 24 mts (78 ft) high cliff he should be tied with a long rope made of leather around his waist and one or two monks will drag him upwards by the one end of the leather made rope. Of course it is not allowed for female visitors climb up to the hill, as itís a monastery established only for men. Even for men, it needs some courage to climb the hill and to visit the monastery, as one need to use a rope to climb.

The cool celestial island of rock offers the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and complete seclusion and peace for the hundreds or so monks and deacons who live there .The treasures include an extensive collection of illuminated exceptional manuscripts among the oldest surviving fragments of original Ethiopian Tewahido Orthodox church religious text.

Lalibela
Lalibela

The last stop of the historic route is Lalibela, which is registered by UNESCO as one of the eighth Wonders of the World. This is a legendary town which possesses ? carved churches out of a solid rock. It is just as remarkable close up as it is at a distance. Itís the camouflaged, chameleon quality; however, that gives the remote underground settlement its special and lasting place in the life of the highlands. Here, some 800 years ago, safe from prying eyes and plundering hands of hostile interlopers a noble king fashioned a secret marvel. The city of Lalibela, was called Roha. After the construction of the churches the city was named after King Lalibela who built these churches. Legend says that the churches were built at greet speed with help of angles.

Dallol (Denakil Depression)
Dallol (Denakil Depression)

 

The Dalol or Denakil Depression is one of the worldís hottest and most inhospitable places. Itís believed to be 100 mts below sea level which makes it the lowest place of our planet. At noon-time, temperature soars to above 50 0C.

It is also one of the few places which has active volcanic activity called Ertaile..

 

Harrar
Dallol (Denakil Depression)

No journey along Ethiopiaís fabled historic route would be completed without visiting the medieval walled city of Harer which stands amid green mountains on the east wall of the Great Rift Valley.

The Harer city has managed to retain the charm of its medieval character and past glory. The cultural diversity is best expressed in the old market and the mosque (Al-Jami), which dominates the center of the city. Near the mosque stands the imposing octagonal Cathedral of Medhane Alem, this contains a gallery of traditional religious works. Harer is a city where beautiful, graceful maidens in long, extravagantly flowing colored dresses come to barter and buy amongst the elegant Moorish archways.