The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are found close to Ethiopia’s northern border. They mark the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia.
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors.
Situated at the head of the African Rift Valley, in the Afar Triangle, on the so-called triple point, the Danakil Depression constitutes one of the lowest and the hottest places on earth.
Sof Omar Caves
Holqa Sof Omar: is one of the most spectacular and extensive underground caverns in the world: the Sof Omar cave system. Formed by the Weib River as it changed its course in the distant past and carved a new channel through limestone foothills.
Al Nejashi mosque (Negash Amedin Mesgid) which is named after king Negash is said to be the first mosque in Africa and one of the oldest mosques in the world.
Tiya is among the most important of the roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far in the Soddo region, south of Addis Ababa. The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher.
Situated in the Rift Valley, Awash National Park is home to a diverse range of plains wildlife and offers tremendous birdwatching opportunities, with over 400 species recorded here.
Simien Mountain Park
Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys, and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m.
Timket (ጥምቀት) is an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church celebration of Epiphany.
Meskel (መስቀል) is a Christian Holiday in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox churches that commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena (Saint Helena) in the fourth century.
‘Ashenda, Ashendiye or Solel (ኣሸንዳ) is a colorful girls’ festival celebrated in Ethiopia and South Eritrea among the Tigray, Agaw, Amhara, and Tigranyas ethnic groups.
Irreecha (also called Irreessa or Dhibaayyuu), is a thanksgiving holiday for the Oromo people in Ethiopia.
Fichee-Chambalaalla is a New Year festival celebrated among the Sidama people.
Axum Zion Church
The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion is an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Ethiopia. It is claimed to contain the Ark of the Covenant.