Adabi Mariam; melka Kunitire and Tiya Day Tour Package
- General Information
- Spaces Available: All spaces are available
- Days and Nights: 1 day and –
- Tour Code: AMMKT-EBTT 01/2018
- Tour Guide:-
- Minimum Participant: 1 traveler and 1 Ethio Blossoms Tour guide
- Transportation: Surface Drive
- Start Location: Addis Ababa
- End Location: Addis Ababa
- Type of Tour: Day Trip
Pick up is at 7:30 AM, and we then head south-west on the Jimma road, before turning due south on to the Butajira Road. Melka Kunture lies near the Awash River Gorge and is one of the most important Neolithic sites in Ethiopia. Hand axes and various other implements have been found here. There is a museum at the site.
About 15 km further off the Butajira Highway, is the semi-monolithic rock church of Adadi Mariam, contemporaneous with those of Lalibela – in fact local tradition ascribes it to King Lalibela who is said to have had it chiseled on his visit to Mount Zuqwala in 1106. Damaged during the wars with Imam Ahmed ibn Ibrahim in the 16th century, it fell into disuse and was only reopened in the time of Menelik II. It is today in regular use.
Our final stop today is at Tiya, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, where we can see the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stellae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These stellae are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are certainly grave markers – recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged 18-30 and buried in fetal positions.
At some stage today we will take a picnic lunch, perhaps near the Awash River Gorge, and leave for the return journey to Addis Ababa mid afternoon.
- The tour program can be modified differently, rearranged, combined with other itinerary and shorten or extended to suit your interest, time and budget.
- Up on request Ethioblossoms can arrange various tour programs based on your interest.