There is a lot Ethiopian History, as well as archaeological sites and Rift Valley lakes with-in a day trip distance of Addis Ababa. To the west, north, south east of the city you can explore cave churches, archaeological sites, lakes, monasteries, bridges, villages and experience the life of the country side as well.
MELKA QUNTTURE ,ADADI MARIAM & TIYA
These three attractions lie in the same direction, the first one is Melka Quntture , which is about 45 kms from Addis and one of the biggest stone age sites in Ethiopia. The1.5 million years old human fossil was discovered in this area. The other site is Adadi Mariam Church, about 25 kms from Melka Quntture. Adadi Mariam’s cave church, dating back to the Lalibela era. were built around the 12th century. The last site is Tiya stele, 55 kms from Adadi Mariam. Tiya consists of around 40 (steles) in one compound, the largest one being around 5 meters tall. They represent grave markers. All the steles have symbols carved upon them.
MENAGESHA SUBA AND ADDIS ALEM
The Menagesha Suba Park, about 34 kms from Addis Ababa, is densely wooded with some 400 years old trees. Several endemic birds and mammals can be seen, such as, the Abyssinian cat bird and Menelik Bush Buck.
Addis Alem, founded by Menelik II as his capital before he moved to Addis Ababa, is famous for the church of Debre Zion on the top of the small hill.
Debre Libanos, is located in the central highlands,The monastry of Debre Libanos is 103 kms north of Addis Ababa near the Portuguese Bridge.
DEBRE BERHAN & ANKOBER
Debre Berhan is 130 kms north-east of Addis Ababa, and one of the oldest town in the country. It is renowned for its wool production and weavers. Ruins of Menelic palaces can be seen closeby.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 July 2012 16:28)