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Tiya

Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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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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Not worth to visit if you are long way from there.

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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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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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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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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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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