` Ethiopian Attractions http://bestethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=6&layout=blog&Itemid=84 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:13:49 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Sof Omar http://bestethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89:sof-omar&catid=42:natural-attrations&Itemid=62 Sof Omar

Sof Omar, a tiny Muslim village in Bale (south east of Ethiopia), is the site of an amazing complex ofSof-Omar-Cave natural caves, cut by the Weyb River as it found its way from the nearby mountains. The settlement, which is a religious site, is named after a local Sheikh.

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Ethiopia is the earliest known home of humankind. A skeleton of an older human ancestor Australopithecus Afarensis was discovered in 1974 in the Afar region.

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Archeological Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:29:12 +0000
Natural Attractions http://bestethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50:natural-attractions&catid=42:natural-attrations&Itemid=84 Natural Attractions]]> Natural attrations Tue, 16 Sep 2008 21:32:12 +0000 Gondar http://bestethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48:gondar&catid=54:historical-&Itemid=74 Gondar

Gondar is 50 kilometers north of Lake Tana, 700 kilometers north of Addis Ababa and nestles in the foothills of the Semien mountains at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level. Gondar, founded by King Fasiledes in 1936, was the capital of Ethiopia for nearly 200 years. This fact is reflected by the number of palace buildings in the castle compound.

The city’s main imperial precinct, known as the Royal Enclosure, covers an area of 7.7 hectares and contains five castles raised walkways and connecting tunnels surrounded by high stone walls. The oldest of these is the Castle of Fasiledes, built of stone in the mid-17th century, reflecting a number of influences, mainly Axumite, Portuguese and Indian. The upper storey offers panoramic views and Lake Tana is visible on a clear day. The castle has been renovated recently. Fasiledes’ grandson. Iyasu the great, built his own castle and decorated it with ivory, gold and precious stones but an earthquake in the early 19th caused severe damage.

fasileds's castle gonder

GONDER TIMKET

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Population (2006):
Regional (Amhara): 19,120,005
Gondar urban Center: 194,773
Geographical Location
Altitude: 2,000m (6,560ft)

Journeying south and west out of the Simien from Sankaber, down a good gravel road to the town of Debark and then to the great and ancient city of Gondar. The town is flanked by twin mountain streams. Gondar commands spectacular views over farmlands to the gleaming waters of Lake Tana thirty-five kilometers to the south.

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Place to Visit

  • Medievel castles

  • Qusquam Church

  • Felasha (Ethiopian Jews) village

  • Palace of Emperior Fasilidas

  • Library of Emperior yohannes

  • Debre Birhan Selassie Church

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Hotels

Circle Hotel
Tel: 058 1111991
Fogera Hotel
Tel: 058 1110405
Goha hotel***
Tel: 058 1110634
Nile Gondar Hotel
Tel: 058 1111600
Quarra Hotel
Tel: 058 1110153
Terara Hotel
Tel: 058 1110153

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Gondar, beautiful from its beginnings, rose from the ashes of this smoldering backdrop of so recent and so traumatic a history. There can be little doubt that Fasilidas and his successors saw their elegant capital as a phoenix and so patronized the arts. They were doing nothing less than rebuilding their national heritage. In the process they built faithfully on the few solid foundations left from the past, rediscovered much that had been thought lost, and established a sense of purpose and a new direction for the future.

Sculpture, as one authority observes, makes little appeal to the Ethiopians, who have, however, a pronounced interest in pictorial art. This fascination with painting, mainly expressed through church murals, icons, illuminated manuscripts and scrolls, has been long sustained. It dates back to the beginnings of the Christian era at least; but the depredations of Gragn and other invaders mean that relatively little from earlier than the sixteenth century has been preserved.

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