Trip to Ethiopia

Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rocky, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest countries, its territorial extent having varied over the millennia of its existence. In ancient times it remained centred on Aksum, an imperial capital located in the northern part of the modern state, about 100 miles (160 km) from the Red Sea coast. The present territory was consolidated during the 19th and 20th centuries as European powers encroached into Ethiopia’s historical domain. Ethiopia became prominent in modern world affairs first in 1896, when it defeated colonial Italy in the Battle of Adwa, and again in 1935–36, when it was invaded and occupied by fascist Italy. Freedom during World War II by the Allied powers set the stage for Ethiopia to play a more prominent role in world affairs. Ethiopia was among the first independent nations to join the United Nations, and it gave ethical and material support to the decolonization of Africa and to the growth of Pan-Africanism. These efforts climaxed in the establishment of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, both of which have their headquarters in Addis Ababa.

These are some facts you should know about Ethiopia as you plan to visit the horn of Africa

These are some facts you should know about Ethiopia as you plan to visit the horn of Africa

  1. It is the oldest country in Africa
  2. Ethiopia is the only country in the world with a 12-hour time system, counting from dawn to sunset and from sunset to dawn
  3. Ethiopia was the country place Coffee was first discovered.
  4. Ethiopia is the home of the Rastafarian Movement
  5. Ethiopia calendar is difference for normal 12 months’ calendar. Ethiopia calendar has 13-month calendar
  6. The 10 commandment (Ark of The Covenant) is believed to be in a church in Ethiopia. The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that held tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments. According to the Hebrew Bible, the ark was constructed by the Israelites while they were camping out in the Sinai Desert, after they fled Egypt
  7. Ethiopia is home to 9 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list:

Axum or Aksum in Ethiopia is the site of the historic capital of the Aksumite Empire. It is now a tourist town with a population of 66,800 residents.

The Royal Enclosure is the remains of a fortress-city in Gondar, Ethiopia. It was founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides (Fasil) and was the home of Ethiopia’s emperors. Its unique architecture shows diverse influences including Nubian styles. The site was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Harar (Harari: ሐረር ; and known to its inhabitants as Gēy, is a walled city in eastern Ethiopia. It is the capital of east Hararghe and the capital of the Harari Region of Ethiopia. The city is located on a hilltop in the eastern extension of the Oromia, about five hundred kilometers from the national capital Addis Ababa at an elevation of 1,885 meters.

Konso is a town on the Sagan River in south-western Ethiopia. The administrative center of the Konso special woreda of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, this town has a latitude and longitude of 5°15′N 37°29′E and an elevation of 1650 meters. It is also called Pakawle by some of the neighboring inhabitants.

The Awash is a major river of Ethiopia. Its course is entirely contained within the boundaries of Ethiopia and pours into a chain of interconnected lakes that begin with Lake Gargori and end with Lake Abbe on the border with Djibouti, some 100 kilometres from the head of the Gulf of Tadjoura. According to Huntingford, in the 16th century the Awash river was called the great Dir river and lay in the country of the Muslims.

The Omo River in southern Ethiopia is the largest Ethiopian river outside the Nile Basin. Its course is entirely contained within the boundaries of Ethiopia, and it pours into Lake Turkana on the border with Kenya. The river is the principal stream of an endorheic drainage basin, the Turkana Basin.

Lalibela is a town in Amhara Region, Ethiopia famous for its rock-cut monolithic churches. The whole of Lalibela is a large antiquity of the medieval and post-medieval civilization of Ethiopia. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Axum, and a center of pilgrimage. Unlike Axum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian.

Simien Mountains National Park is one of the national parks of Ethiopia. Located in the Semien (North) Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, its territory covers the Semien Mountains and includes Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia. It is home to a number of endangered species, including the Ethiopian wolf and the walia ibex, a wild goat found nowhere else in the world.

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