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Address: Soddo region, Ethiopia
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An important archaeological site contains ancient rock stelae with...

An important archaeological site contains ancient rock stelae with enigmatic carvings.

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12th century tombstones

good guide and an insight into ethiopia's middle ages. expanding christendom, plenty of fighting (queens fought alongside their kings). worth a stop if nearby but not too long a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
dan w
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london
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

You can visit this place like an excursion from Addis, about 86 km asphalt road. According some Anthropologists, it was dated to a time period between the 11th and 13th centuries CE. Later dating places the stelae's construction sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries CE. However, the building of megaliths in Ethiopia is a very ancient tradition, with many... More 

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london
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81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

good guide and an insight into ethiopia's middle ages. expanding christendom, plenty of fighting (queens fought alongside their kings). worth a stop if nearby but not too long a journey.

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1 Thank dan w
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 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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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Thank FrozeninAK_11
Shropshire,UK
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154 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 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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Thank luka99
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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71 reviews
16 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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135 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 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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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 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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4 Thank Kirubél F
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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