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Harar

Harar

The old medieval walled city of Harar - a city of mosques, minarets, and markets, a Center of Muslim learning, a city which once struck its own local currency, and still has its own unique language - has long been…

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Debre Damo

Debre Damo

Some 76 Kilometers from Axum is the monastery of Debre Damo ( closed to Women), which is said to have the oldest existing intact church in Ethiopia. Local tradition says that Abune Aregawi, one of the nine Saints, built the…

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Lake Tana Monastries

Lake Tana Monastries

A lot of very interesting Ethiopian Christian monasteries can be found in Lake Tana, the third greatest lake in Africa. There are some 20 churches and monasteries on the 37 islands. They can be reached by a convenient and fairly comfortable boat…

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Gondar

Gondar

Gondar, former capital of Ethiopia. The city is situated in northwestern Ethiopia, 32 km north of Lake T’ana, at an elevation of 2215 m. During unsettled periods between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries, Ethiopian rulers moved their royal camps frequently.…

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Lalibela

Lalibela

This rural town is known around the world for its monolithic churches, which were built during the reign of Saint Lalibela (a member of the Zagwe Dynasty ruled Ethiopia from the end of the kingdom of Axum to 1270) who…

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Axum

Axum

Axum was the capital city of the kingdom of Axum, a mighty naval and trading power . Axum was a naval and trading power that ruled the region from ca. 400 BC into the 10th century. The major Aksumite monuments in…

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