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The civilisations of Ethiopia are among the oldest in Africa. It is believed that our earliest ancestors inhabited the Awash Valley, where human remains believed to date back five million years have been discovered.  

Yeha was the first city to be built in Ethiopia and the ruins of Yeha Temple still stand today. Whereas Gondar is famed as the ‘African Camelot’ for its amazing medieval stone built castles with designs reminiscent of those found in Europe.

A number of Ethiopia’s historical sites are based around the country’s rich religious heritage. Bahir Dar is known for its monasteries that are up to 800 years old, built on 20 of the 37 islands in Lake Tana.

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Lalibela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to 11 magnificent medieval monolithic churches carved from the rock. Biete Medhani Alem is believed to be the largest monolithic church in the world.

The Mariamtsion Church at Axum is reputed to be home to the Ark of the Covenant. Axum was once the capital of the powerful ancient Kingdom of Axum and the impressive ruins here date back from the 1st to 13th centuries AD and include towering obelisks, royal tombs and ancient castles.

The number of important historical sites in Ethiopia often comes as a surprise to visitors, but if you want to enjoy an in-depth journey to discover Ethiopia’s spectacular historical sites why not join a trip led by a specialist expert whose knowledge and passion will help bring the past to life? With in depth lectures and discussions along the way, the expert will add to your understanding and appreciation of the country.