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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- 14th Century Stelae (Unesco site) - Same Idea still in use

I'd not done my homework and was expecting older stelae, perhaps from 2000 years ago and had to adjust my mind set when I was told that they were 12th to 14th Century ones. They... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 27, 2016
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I'd not done my homework and was expecting older stelae, perhaps from 2000 years ago and had to adjust my mind set when I was told that they were 12th to 14th Century ones. They are unusual because of their number; many can be seen in smaller groupings elsewhere. The largest are normally in front of the smaller and other... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

There are nine world heritage site in Ethiopia. Not sure if this one is worth visiting alone for a day trip but this one is closest to Addis Ababa. We visited this site and enjoyed with kids. Reflectively, the other sites which include domestic flights maybe better. The site includes megaliths with the guide's interpretation of the engraved pictures in... More 

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Shaka's Rock, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

The Tiya Stelae fields stretch across southern Ethiopia and are apparently monuments for mass graves of a people who died about 700 years ago. They are intricately engraved with symbols that are still subject to debate. Very interesting and with the help of a guide they are better understood. There are no toilets in the area so be prepared.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016

We visited here with the excellent Abeba Tours along with Adadi Marian and Melka Kunture and it was nice. Ancient burial stones from the Stone Age and curious markings. 20 minutes there is good with a local guide then we sat and had a coffee by the gate. Allows plenty of time to drive and stop in a range of... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles 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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