Main Attraction in Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s most ancient city
The capital of historic Axum state is the major historical attraction site of a number of remarkable living evidences. Also called “the living museum”. Some of the attraction, including the magnificent monolithic stale or obelisks each curved from a single huge piece of granite rock. The biggest monolithic stones ever transported and erected on earth the biggest is 500 tones and 34 m high. The three most important are chiseled to represent multistoried buildings with false doors and windows which reflects its outstanding technological advancement in building technology. In its day, Axum was a great commercial center issuing its own power full gold, silver & bronze. Currency and treading with Egypt Arabia, oersua, India and even Ceylon One of the form powerful kingdoms of that time with Roma-Egypt, Greek Also the site of Ethiopia’s oldest church St-Mary of Zion established in mid 4th century and the last resting place of the original arc of the covenant.
Activities in Axum
Remains of an early Axum palace popularly tend to have belonged to the legendary queen of Sheba, the elegant architectural buildings or tombs of several ancient Axumite rulers, the local archeological museum rich in findings of different coins stone inscription, house equipments, the temple of Yeha dated back to 2700 years, monastery of Deberedamo are worthy to visit.

The 8th wonder of the world, one of the powerful Christian in the 10th century Christians who followed the foot steps of the Axum religious and cultural tradition was the founders of the town around mid 12th century. The area today Lalibela is named after one of the famous kings of the dynasty who carved out the 11 churches from the living rock. There have been so many legends mythologies and scholarly written documents regarding the astonishing architectural and technical perfection of these 11 rock hewn church which are still in active church service. After 900 years of active church service and Ethiopian Christian worshiping place world have agreed that the rock hewn churches of Lalibela should be registered as the 8th wonder of the world. Certainly, there are more than thousands of rock hewn churches in Ethiopia but the most impressive ones are concentrated around Lalibela and Tigray region. Visitors starting from the 16th century had very few chances to explore the other ones except the famous 11 churches in the town of Lalibela.
GLORY Ethiopia Travel & Tours has stationed cars to offer you the untouched experience of exploring the surrounding monolithic, semi monolithic and cave church and monasteries. Visitors have a chance to drive through the country side, enjoy the Chain Mountains of Abune Yosef, the 3rd highest place in the country.
The accessible churches from Lalibela either by horse ridding, driving or trekking include.
- Yemerehanna crestos, the architecturally elegant and rich in wall painting
- six hours of trekking or horse ride
- Arbatu entzessa, church south west of Yemrehane Kiristos
- Bilbala Giorgis, Bbelbala cherqos/ Serana Mikhail, Mekina Medhanealem, Genetemariam, Ashetom Mariam and Nakuto leab. Almost all the churches can be visited alternatively from Lalibela in full or half excursion
to explore all the surrounding churches and enjoy the trekking around.

GLORY Ethiopia Travel & Tours is pleased and very proud in making your Lalibela stay quite different from any one else. When you travel with us, we will arrange Trekking packages either separately or additional to the historic route
Add on Tour to the Historic North or Separate Trekking itinerary
(Exploring Rock Hewn Churches around Lalibela along with Trekking)

Day 01 – fly Lalibela and visit the 11 rock hewn churches in town, half in the morning and finish visiting the remaining churches after lunch. O/N Roha Hotel.
Day 02 – Trek to Wodebye (5 hours Trek), altitude is 3600 – 3800 m. O/N camping
Day 03 – Trek 4 hours to Abune Yoseph 4130m. This day you will visit the 6th centaury Rock hewn church of Abune Yoseph. You will also have a chance to see the endemic Ethiopian wolf some gazelles as well as vegetations such as giant Lalibela and some endemic flowers. O/N camping
Day 04 – Trek 5 hours to visit 6th church of Yemrhane Christos and for camping at the village
Day 05 – Be met by the car and drive to Lalibela on the way visiting Arbatu ensesa Belbale gyoris and Belbale churches. O/N Lalibela Roha Hote
Rock Hewn Churches around Tigray.
Many of the Tigray rock hewn churches lie along the main road between Adigrat and Mekele, or can be visited from it. Four main clusters are covered in this chapter, of which the churches that lie along the main road between Sinkata and Wukro are the most accessible to those without private transport or limited time. The pick of these churches is undoubtedly Adi Kasho Medhane Alem, part of the highly accessible Teka Tesfai cluster 10km south sinkata. A second rather loose cluster consists of Wukros Chirkos – the most accessible of all the Tigrayan churches, as it lies 500m from the main road in the town of Wukro – and the magnificent Abreha we Atsbeha church along the Hawzen road. The most extensive cluster is found in the Gheralta region, which lies to the south of Hawzen and includes some the most stunningly situated churches anywhere in Ethiopia. Gheralta can easily be explored out of Hawzen with a vehicle, or over a few days of hiking, bearing in mind that the region’s finest churches are reached by long, steep walks that require a fair level of fitness. A fourth and more dispersed cluster lies in the Atsbi area, to the east of Wukro. With one exception, the Atsbi churches can be explored only with a vehicle.

The founding of Gonder as the capital of early 17th century Ethiopia, by Emperor Fasilidas (1632 -67) Gonder regime was the major turning point of the country’s history in different aspects. What was new and memorable about Gonder was not its ideal new location, but the fact that it was destined to remain Ethiopia’s capital for over two centuries Gonder is one of the most important historical and cultural attractions with an ideal access to the Semein mountains natural park hosting the Fasil compound Semein Mountains as the two world heritages registered by UNESCO. The Royal enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th 19th centaury by different Kings, The pool of King Fasilidas which is still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany, as well as several churches including the Deberberhan Sillassie known for the elaborate Remarkable ceiling paintings of decorated with winged angles. Gonder is also the home of the black Jewish or Felashas. Numerous castle like placed dated from early 17th century to mid 19 century when it was a capital it was emerged as one of the largest and most populous city in realm

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