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Axum – Explore the massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and 13th Century A.D in the northern city of Axum. Discover monolithic obelisks, giant stelae (monuments), royal tombs and ruins of ancient castles. Axum and its archeological sites were inscribed in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1980.

The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela – The churches of Lalibela date back to 13th Century, to the time of King Lalibela. Hewn from red volcanic rock, four of the churches are attached to their mother rock only at the base. Lalibela is of significant importance to Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and is a pilgrimage site for much of the country.

Fasil Ghebbi – Breaking with tradition, Emperor Fasiledes founded the city of Gondar with the intent to settle in a single capital. The fortress enclosure became home to Ethiopia’s emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex of buildings comprises Fasilides castle, Iyasu’s Palace, Dawit’s Hall, a banqueting hall, stables, Mentewab’s Castle, a chancellery, library and three churches.

Simien Mountains National Park – The Park’s spectacular landscape is part of the Simien mountain massif and is of global significance for biodiversity conservation. It is home to a number of threatened species, including the Ethiopian wolf and the critically endangered Walia ibex. The park includes Ras Dashen Mountain, the highest point in Ethiopia.

Awash Lower Valley – The Awash valley is a highly recognized paleontological location and World Heritage Site. The remains of “Lucy” are to date the most spectacular discovery; at 3.2 million years old, Lucy provides the earliest record of one of our hominid ancestors walking on two feet.

Omo Lower Valley – A prehistoric site near Lake Turkana, hominid remains discovered in Omo Lower Valley have unique characteristics and have contributed in the study of human evolution. Omo Lower Valley was inscribed to a list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1980.

Tiya – The town is best known for the archeological site adjacent, which joined World Heritage Sites list in 1980. According to UNESCO the site contains 36 stelae, most of which are covered in carved symbols. It is widely believed to be markers of a large prehistoric burial complex.

Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town – Jugol wall was built between the 13th and 16th centuries and bears exceptional testimony to cultural traditions related to Islamic and African roots. The old walled city is located in Harar (commonly known as Gey, “the city of saints”) and became a World Heritage Site in 2006.

Konso Cultural Landscape – Located at the edge of the Rift Valley, the relatively isolated communities that thrive here have remained largely unchanged for over 400 years. It is live demonstration of heritage which has an interwoven blend of landscape design, engineering and natural conservation.