Ethiopia is a country whose ancient cultures and magnificent landscapes reflect an extraordinary past that has left an indelible mark on the land, the people and their monuments. It has a past that began at the beginning of time- in the very birthplace of mankind.
Ethiopia is old beyond imagination, dating to the very beginning of mankind. It is also the land of the Queen of Sheba, a place of legendary rulers, fabulous kingdoms and ancient mysteries.
Ethiopia, the oldest independent nation in Africa, has a heritage dating back to the first century AD. Traders from Greece, Rome, Persia and Egypt knew of the riches of what is now Ethiopia, and by the first century AD, Axum was the capital of a great empire. This realm became one of the first Christian lands of Africa. In this glorious period the country had also a strong trade link with the then China during the Han dynasty (589-220BC) and the Chinese use to refer to Ethiopia as “Huwangchi”. The two kingdoms were sailing on sea 12 months to make trade. Late in the 10th Century, Axum declined and a new Zagwe dynasty, centered in what is now Lalibela, ruled the land. Axum, Lalibela Gondar, Bahir Dar and Harer now provide the greatest historical legacy
Religion has always been a major influence in Ethiopia. Certainly no country in Sub-Saharan Africa can trace its origins as far back. Ethiopia is mentioned thirty-three times in the Bible and many times in Quran. This is the reason why so many visitors retrace the ‘historic route’, drawn by colorful stories and fantastic tales to the land once know as Abyssinia.
The well-defined ‘historic route’ through northern Ethiopia forms the core of the Ethiopia’s tourist industry. It is probably no exaggeration to say that 98% 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.
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