Package ID: 1004
Duration: 1 day
Season: January- December
Activities: Sightseeing

*Rock-hewn church- *Archeological findings- UNESCO site Tiya- and more…

A leisurely drive out of Addis Ababa along southern route on the Alemgena Sodo road, to the famous archeological site of Melka Konture and Adadi Mariam. Archeological findings of fossils and stone tools have been discovered and dated to 1.8 million years back. Not far from Melka Konture, Adadi Mariam (a rock-hewn church) is located which is a very true example of the rock-hewn church - in fact local tradition ascribes it to King Lalibela who is said to have had it built on his visit to Mount Zuqwala in 1106. Damaged during the wars with Ahmed Gragn in the 16th century, it fell into disuse and was only reopened in the time of Menelik II. It is today in regular use.

Our final stop today is at Tiya, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, where we can see the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stellae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These stellae are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers - recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged between 18 - 30 and buried in foetal positions.

Then leave for the return journey to Addis Ababa in the mid afternoon.

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