Ethiopia Historic route
Historical trail comprising Lalibela is the most popular one among people visiting Ethiopia. The programme comprises visiting of all the most important and interesting places in the northern part of Ethiopia. They include such places as charming palaces in Gonder, granite stelae in Aksum and rocks hewn churches in Lalibela (sometimes called the eighth wonder of the world). The programme comprises also seeing waterfalls on the Blue Nile and cruise trip on Tana lake to cloisters covered with beautiful frescos. This programme is a delicious mixture of history and nature, flavoured with meeting of Ethiopians who are members of Amhara, Tigray, Afar, Wollo and Falasha nations.
The churches of Lalibela leave no one disinterested. These intriguing edifices have in their entirety been forged out in a homogeneous lump of red volcanic tuff. They seem to be absolutely unreal and created by some kind of a superhuman power. Rock temples might be admired in different places in the world, but it is solely here that not only the internal space, but also facades and external walls have been forged out. The churches of Lalibela are referred to as the least known of the eight miracles of the world, and they full deserve that name. The buildings are in their entirety forged out in rock, and, simultaneously, completely separated from that.read more...
Axum is a town of Legends offering a glimpse to a truly remarkable past. It’s littered with the ruins of palaces, underground tombs, mysterious monolithic stelaes, which are the largest in the world and carved from single piece of granite, inscriptions and many historical relics. The founding of the Empire of Axum in the 5th century BC is often taken as the starting point of the Ethiopian civilisation. The Kingdom maintained trading relations both with the Greec-Roman world and with India and China during it's most prosperous times.read more...
Gondar, which used to be the royal capital
city of Ethiopiafrom 1666 to 1864 was founded by Emperor Fasiladas in
1635. It was the capital of Ethiopia from 1632 up to 1868, where Emperor
Fassiledes played the dominant role in turning the town to the present
day Gondar. The town is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and
decoration of its churches. The earliest of the castles was created by Fasiladas
himself, where from the top; one can see the breath taking view of the city and
the marvelous Lake Tana.
Besides the famous palaces, Gondar is also known for the "Bathing Palace of Emperor Fasiladas", which he built outside Gondar, in the valley of Qaha which is still used for the annual Timket or Epiphany celebrations. In addition it’s used for the abbey of the redoubtable eighteen century Empress Mentewab at Quesquam, in the mountains just outside Gondar.
The Church of Debre Birhan Selassie (Abbey of the Light of Trinity), built by the grandson of Fasil, has an overwhelming mural paintings of the famous angel faces.read more...
The beautiful city lined with palm trees, means “the Lakeside town”. The city which is visited with "tankuas" (papyrus canoes) is famous for Lake Tana, which is the largest water body in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile fall. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile which floats from there to the Sudan. Just 30 kilometers outside of Bahir Dar one finds the famous Blue Nile Falls. InEthiopia they call it Tisissat, which means "Water that smokes". The water of theBlue Nile or “Tis Isat”, was discovered in 1770 by Bruce James, the famous British explorer, The town is unique for the thirty-seven scattered islands in Lake Tana. They are accessed through boats where about twenty of them are shelter for churches and monasteries that are culturally and historically significant to the country.read more...