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World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia

axum, aksum


Tigray Region. The ruins of the city of Aksum, dating from the 1st to the 13th century, mark the heart of ancient Ethiopia and what was the "most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia". It includes monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs, and ruins of former castles.

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fasil ghebbi, gondar

Fasil Ghebbi

Amhara Region. The fortress was the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century. The city remains, which feature buildings with Hindu and Arab influences, were later remodeled with Baroque-style architecture by Jesuit missionaries.

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harar jogol, jugol

Harar Jugol

Harari Region. The city is on a plateau and surrounded by gorges and savanna. It contains 82 mosques, 102 shrines, and unique interior design in the townhouses. Harar is said to be the fourth-holiest city of Islam.

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konso cultural landscape

Konso Cultural Landscape

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region. The site features 55 kilometres (34 mi) of stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia.

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lower valley of awash, afar region

Lower Valley of the Awash

Afar Region. Paleontological findings from at least four million years ago, such as Lucy, give evidence of human evolution.

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lower valley of omo, snnpr, lake turkana

Lower Valley of the Omo

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region. The prehistoric site near Lake Turkana is the location of many fossil findings, such as Homo gracilis.

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simien national park

Simien National Park

Amhara Region. The eroded Ethiopian plateau comprises jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys, and sharp precipices dropping about 1,500 m (4,900 ft). The decrease of the Walia Ibex, bushbuck, and bushpig populations, as well as an increase of the human population in the park prompted the World Heritage Committee to place it on their List of World Heritage in Danger in 1996.

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tiya archeological site


Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region. The archaeological site contains 36 monuments, which includes 32 carved stelae covered with symbols hard to decrypt.

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lalibela, rock hewn churches

Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

Amhara Region. The site contains eleven medieval cave churches from the 13th century.

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