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Soddo region, Ethiopia
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Ranked #61 of 73 Attractions in Ethiopia
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: An important archaeological site contains ancient rock stelae with enigmatic carvings.
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Distance:- exactly 86 kms from Addis Abeba. Take a day trip from Addis or stopover on your way to Langano or Butajira The locals could not associate themselves with this graves. Yet, you will find more of such things in 50 km radius. The locals will tell you it belonged to Gragn Ahmed's soldiers, as all unknown or strange things... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

An amazing and personal look back into medieval Ethiopia. The site itself is overgrown but in a way gives it an authentic feel. These gravestones mark important people who lived in the area around 1300 - 1500's AD. One fascinating and almost creepy aspect was the daggers carved on the warriors' headstones. Each dagger represented an enemy they had killed!

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