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“One of my favourite experiences of my trip to Ethiopia”

Yeha Archaeological Site
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I am an ancient historian, so I confess I have a special interest in the remains of the oldest civilisation in Ethiopia, found at Yeha (c. 600 BC). Even so, this site surpassed my expectations. The main temple is excellently preserved, with superb quality masonry, and recalls the cellas of Semitictemples I have seen elsewhere in Petra, Palmyra and Baalbek. Alas, it is also covered with protective scaffolding, but you can't have everything.

The temple is in the compound of an old-looking church. Although we didn't get to see inside it, we did see the locals performing a rain dance in the front courtyard, which was fascinating. We also got let into the church's mini-treasury, where priceless pre-Axumite inscriptions were lying around piled up on tablecloths. Magic!

We also saw another ancient structure outside the church compound - this one currently still under excavation. Apparently it is a palace, and there seemed to be evidence of iron-working at it. All very exciting.

Yeha is accessed off the main asphalt road down a rocky track, and feels wonderfully rural, mountainous and remote. Be aware that it is only some 5 miles from the Eritrean border however, which might affect ones views of its safety to visit. For me it was worth the risk.

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Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

Yeha ruins
Worst place in Ethiopia, exercising my right to warn others

Want to get locked into a church until you pay more money, thought the guidebook was only kidding? It's not. It was a hike to get to along a dirt track. The monument is under scaffold you can't get into the church and if they bother opening the tiny square of a museum the priest has the nerve to ask for more money again.

DO NOT go here unless you like to throw money at things.

There is very little that you cannot see elsewhere along the historic trail.

The ruins themselves avery plains and basic if you have travelled anywhere else with a unesco rating you would have seen better, like we said it was under scaffolding anyway. The person who wrote it up in the LP deserves to be shot.

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