Ethiopia’s historical sites appeal to all types of travellers. This country has numerous gems from historic churches to temples and tombs. Discover the best places to visit in Ethiopia below, where you can learn more about the history of this beautiful country.
- Axum City
Axum is one of the main historic places to visit in Ethiopia. The city is presumed to have been home to the Queen of Sheba at one time and among the supposed sites of the Ark of the Covenant. While in Axum, visit the Queen Sheba’s Palace and bath place.
- Castles of Gondar and other Monuments
The graceful city of Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas in 1635, is yet another historical site in Ethiopia worth visiting. During its long years as a capital city, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most popular cities in Africa. Gondar is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches.
- Yeha Temple
The Yeha Temple is regarded as the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia. It is located in Tigray Region. Its existence dates back to the 700 BC. This makes it one of the best-known historic places to visit in Ethiopia.
- Awash Valley
Awash Valley in Afar Region, Ethiopia boasts of being the place where the greatest amount of fossil remains that span the length of human evolution were discovered. The 160,000 year old earliest modern human fossil was discovered here, which reveals that Ethiopia is where humans began to walk upright.
- St Georges Orthodox Cathedral
St George’s Orthodox cathedral in Addis Ababa, not only exhibits some of the country’s most diverse art collections, but also an acclaimed architecture in the heart of Ethiopia’s capital. The St Georges Orthodox Cathedral is the place where Emperor Haile Selassie was crowned the leader of the Ethiopian nation in 1930.
Lalibela is a famous historical town in Ethiopia with amazing 11 rock cut churches each carved out of a solid rock. The Lalibela churches are full of religious symbols, including crosses, swastikas even sport wall paintings. It would be interesting to find out the history of these churches built in the 12th Century, during the reign of King Lalibela.