Blue Sky Ethiopia Tour
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Historic Ethiopia

 

Travel and Tour Ethiopia - Blue sky Ethiopia tour offers great Ethiopia holidays, Honeymoons & private tours to all over Ethiopia. We offer complementary Hotel and Travel Service like car rent , airport shuttle service which are fully customizable.
 

Travel and Tour to historic Ethiopia

The well-defined ‘historic route’ through northern Ethiopia forms the core of the country’s tourist industry. It is probably no exaggeration to say that 90% of travelers to Ethiopia base the bulk of their itinerary around this circuit, and rightly so. There is nothing in Sub-Saharan Africa and in a sense nothing else in the world that prepares the visitor for the wealth of historical and cultural treasure, both ancient and living, contained in Northern Ethiopia. The Circuit pivots around four cities in the North and walled city of Harer in the east, all very different to others.

Bahir Dar

It is mainly taken as the first stop in the Northern circuit. A bustling commercial center set on the Southern shore of Lake Tana, the largest water body in Ethiopia and official source of the Blue Nile River. In addition to hosting a fascinating and very traditional daily market, and a rich bird life, Bahir dar forms the obvious base for several day trips: to the sensational Blue Nile falls, and to a multitude of atmospheric medieval monasteries dotted around the forested island and peninsulas of Lake Tana.

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Gondar

To the north of Lake Tana, a popular second stop on the northern circuit is Gondar, which served as Ethiopia’s capital for almost 300 years from 1635 on wards, and is today noted for its impressive 16th- century castles as well as the beautiful decorated church of Debre Birhan Selassie. To the North of Gondar, traditionally the preserve of hardened trekkers and hikers, lie the staggeringly scenic Simien Mountain National Park, home to the country’s main concentrations of the endemic Gelada Baboon and Walia Ibex. Following the recent construction of a rough road in to the Simien Mountains, this lovely range forms a feasible day or overnight trip out of Gondar.

Lalibela

For most visitors to Ethiopia, the highlight of the northern circuit is the medieval capital of Lalibela, where high in the chilly mountains of Wollo stands a complex of a dozen rock-hewn churches often and justifiably ranked as the eighth wonder of the ancient world. The churches stand today as an inspirational and active shrine to a Christian civilization that predates its northern European equivalent by centuries.

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Axum

A common third stop on the historic circuit is the ancient capital of Axum, which lies close to the Eritrean border at the heart of the former Axumite Empire, the dominant economic and political force in the region for about a millennium prior to its collapse around 700 AD.

Axum is best known today for the giant engraved obelisks (stele) that tower over the northeast of the town. But the entire city stands above a fascinating miscellany of ancient relics- dingy Catacombs, ruined palaces, rock engravings and inscribed tablets- that pay collective testament to the enterprise and complexity of what is perhaps the most enigmatic of all the ancient civilizations of the old world. This enigma is amplified when one visits the nearby Yeha Temple, estimated to have been constructed 2,500 years ago.

Axum’s St. marry of Zion church - believed to be repository of the Biblical Ark of the covenant- has for more than 1,600 years lain at the spiritual heart of the Ethiopian Orthodox church.

Debre Damo - the Axumite architectural legacy lives on in several ancient churches, notably the male- only cliff top gem that is the monastery of Debre Damo. Debre Damo is only accessible by climbing up by a rope, which is made of "plaited leather", lowered from the cliffs, which visitors tie around their waist and are then pulled up by a monk at the top of the cliffs. It is only accessible to men and male animals. Women and even female animals are forbidden to set a foot into the monastery, and must remain under the cliffs and pray from there.

Harar

The other historical destination set apart to the east of the country is Harar, well known for its Islamic learning and scholarship, as well as its handicraft, including weaving basket-making, and book-binding.

A bright splash of color is provided by the Harari women strolling through town, often dressed in red, purple, or black dresses with velvet trousers and bright orange shawls. Places of interest inside the walled city of Harer include the impressive centuries-old walls themselves, which had five gates until 1889, when Emperor Menelik II built two more.

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Also of interest is Ras Makonnen’s (father of the last king of Ethiopia) stately old palace and the Jami mosque, which dates back to the 17th century among the other 89 mosques. Near by the mosque is a house believed to be a residence for the famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Also the colorful Christian and Muslim markets are places of interest to spend time.

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