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Address: Soddo region, Ethiopia
Description: An important archaeological site contains ancient rock stelae with...
An important archaeological site contains ancient rock stelae with enigmatic carvings.
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I just pay a visit to this world heritage site on the way to Wolyita found 80 kms away of Addis and one kilometer off from the main road. This world heritage site comprising... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Addis Ababa
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I just pay a visit to this world heritage site on the way to Wolyita found 80 kms away of Addis and one kilometer off from the main road. This world heritage site comprising hundreds of sculptured stelae. The carved monoliths vary in size from 1 m to 5 m and an estimated age of 800 years, despite any detail... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We found this place in an Ethiopian trip guide and made it part of a day trip. The site is fairly marked and was a great drive out of Addis. Upon arrival we were greeted by an attendant who explained the admission rates and offered to be the tour guide. We choose to walkabout ourselves after reading the history of... More 

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Shropshire,UK
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144 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

About 1km out of town on the main road. 12th ? Century stelae. Luckily our guide knew a bit about the markings on the stones otherwise it would, I'm afraid, have been meaningless to us. Spent about 20 minutes wandering around the very small site. It would be useful if there was more information readily available.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Visited as a group of three by car. Charged 400Birr. This site is positively reviewed in both Bradt and Lonely Planet but in the past weeks it appears it has been rather ruined by the building of a stone pathway (within inches of the stones), insertion of electrical wiring and a partially built museum. This comprehensively destroys any atmosphere. The... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I visited with a private guide on a Sunday, this was a stop on the way to other sites on a day trip from Addis. No other tourists at the site. Stayed about 20 minutes at the grave markers and another 30 with the caretaker coffee/souvenir shop.

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Saline, Michigan
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49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is listed as a World Heritage. It is a 15 minute walk around. The history is not clear. And there is not much information about it. Maybe the graveyard of young warriors, but . . . The major points of interest are the carvings on the gravestones. Nice coffee in a nearby hut. I feel bad about this recommendation,... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I went there after visiting the Melka Kunture archaeological site and Adadi Mariam. It's a common thing to visit those three places on a day trip. The Tiya Stelae is registered on the UNESCO heritage list. It's about 100 KMs from the capital. I didn't need a guide during the visit. The place is a graveyard. Most of the stones... More 

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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

On UNESCO's heritage list. The tombstones are indeed beautifully carved, but you do need a guide to take you there, since there are no explanatory signs...

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Stopped here on our way to Awassa on a two day tour around the region. Our guide spoke good English and was very knowledgeable about the site. It seems that people of different religious backgrounds were buried close together which we found interesting. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it didn't fail to impress. An interesting... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

There are a few dozen engraved stones that are said to be grave markers. Many are engraved with one or more swords that, according to our guide, document the number of people killed by the warrior who is buried there. Some stones appear to mark the graves of women. This is one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage sites in... More 

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Address: Soddo region, Ethiopia
Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia

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