Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub. Its National Museum exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, “Lucy.” The burial place of the 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie, copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, is a neo-baroque architectural landmark.
We visited Ethiopia in April 2017 celebrating our wedding anniversary and Sheba’s birthday. We stayed at the Hilton Addis Ababa. We explored Addis Ababa and its surrounding areas, including The National Museum of Ethiopia, The tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and wife at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Debre-Libanos Monastry, the Blue Nile Gorge, The Portuguese Bridge and its amazing mountain views, Tiya World Heritage Site, and the Adadi Mariam Rack Hewan Church.