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UNESCO World Heritage

Ethiopia, Tiya

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 02, 2012 at 05:56:33

Location Sodo woreda, Gurage zone, Southern Nation Nationalities & Peoples Region, Ethiopia
Coordinates N8 26 5.676 E38 36 43.56
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/12 )

Tiya is among the most important of the roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far in the Soddo region, south of Addis Ababa. The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher. They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined.

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Stelae, Tiya

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Ethiopia, Lower Valley of the Omo

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 02, 2012 at 05:47:54

Location Southern Nation Nationalities & Peoples Region, Ethiopia
Coordinates N4 47 60 E35 58 0
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/17 )

A prehistoric site near Lake Turkana, the lower valley of the Omo is renowned the world over. The discovery of many fossils there, especially Homo gracilis, has been of fundamental importance in the study of human evolution.

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Omo River, Lower Valley of the Omo

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Ethiopia, Lower Valley of the Awash

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 02, 2012 at 05:39:01

Location Afar region, Ethiopia
Coordinates N11 6 0.216 E40 34 45.804
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/10 )

The Awash valley contains one of the most important groupings of palaeontological sites on the African continent. The remains found at the site, the oldest of which date back at least 4 million years, provide evidence of human evolution which has modified our conception of the history of humankind. The most spectacular discovery came in 1974, when 52 fragments of a skeleton enabled the famous Lucy to be reconstructed.

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Awash River, Lower Valley of the Awash

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Ethiopia, Simien National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 02, 2012 at 04:26:50

Location Gondar Region, Ethiopia
Coordinates N13 10 60 E38 4 0
Property 13,600 ha
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/9 )

Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. The park is home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

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Semien Mountains, Simien National Park

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Ethiopia, Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 01, 2012 at 06:52:10

Location Amhara Region, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Coordinates N12 1 45.66 E39 2 25.512
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/18 )

The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century 'New Jerusalem' are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings. Lalibela is a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilmigrage and devotion.

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Bet Giyorgis, Rock-Hewn Churches Bete Medhane Alem, Rock-Hewn Churches

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Ethiopia, Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 01, 2012 at 06:08:20

Location Harari Region, Harar Jugol, Ethiopia
Coordinates N9 18 32 E42 8 16
Property 48 ha
Date of Inscription 2006

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1189 )

The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the eastern part of the country on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Harar Jugol, said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam, numbers 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines, but the townhouses with their exceptional interior design constitute the most spectacular part of Harar's cultural heritage. The impact of African and Islamic traditions on the development of the town's building types and urban layout make for its particular character and uniqueness.

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Shoa Gate, Fortified Historic Town Rimbaud House, Fortified Historic Town

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Ethiopia, Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 01, 2012 at 04:51:52

Location Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Coordinates N12 36 24.912 E37 27 58.212
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/19 )

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. Surrounded by a 900-m-long wall, the city contains palaces, churches, monasteries and unique public and private buildings marked by Hindu and Arab influences, subsequently transformed by the Baroque style brought to Gondar by the Jesuit missionaries.

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Fasil Ghebbi

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Ethiopia, Aksum

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 30, 2012 at 13:25:06

Location Tigrai Region, Ethiopia
Coordinates N14 7 48.684 E38 43 6.996
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/15 )

The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are found close to Ethiopia's northern border. They mark the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The massive ruins, dating from between the 1st and the 13th century A.D., include monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and the ruins of ancient castles. Long after its political decline in the 10th century, Ethiopian emperors continued to be crowned in Aksum.

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Rome Stele, Obelisk of Axum

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