Simien National Park

Brief description

Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. The park is home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

Unesco WHS list ref:  9

I have never been to Ethiopia.

From my collection

simien

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Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

Brief description

The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings.

Unesco WHS list ref:  18

I have never been to Ethiopia.

From my collection

lalibela

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Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region

Brief description

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. Surrounded by a 900-m-long wall, the city contains palaces, churches, monasteries and unique public and private buildings marked by Hindu and Arab influences, subsequently transformed by the Baroque style brought to Gondar by the Jesuit missionaries.

Unesco WHS list ref:  19

I have never been to Ethiopia.

From my collection

gondar

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Aksum

Brief description

The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are found close to Ethiopia’s northern border. They mark the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and the 13th century A.D., include monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and the ruins of ancient castles.

Unesco WHS list ref:  15

I have never been to Ethiopia.

From my collection

axum

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Lower Valley of the Awash

Brief description

The Awash valley contains one of the most important groupings of palaeontological sites on the African continent. The remains found at the site, the oldest of which date back at least 4 million years, provide evidence of human evolution which has modified our conception of the history of humankind. The most spectacular discovery came in 1974, when 52 fragments of a skeleton enabled the famous Lucy to be reconstructed.

Unesco WHS list ref:  10

I have never been to Ethiopia.

From my collection

ethiopia-awash-falls
Plus, I have a card of the famous Lucy’s skeleton (no longer in the valley, she is in a museum)

eithopia-lucy-skeleton

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Lower Valley of the Omo

Brief description

A prehistoric site near Lake Turkana, the lower valley of the Omo is renowned the world over. The discovery of many fossils there, especially Homo gracilis, has been of fundamental importance in the study of human evolution.

Unesco WHS list ref: 17

I have never been to Ethiopia.

From my collection

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Tiya

Brief description

Tiya is among the most important of the roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far in the Soddo region, south of Addis Ababa. The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher. They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined.

Unesco WHS list ref:  12

I have never been to Ethiopia.

From my collection

tiya

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