STT 003/Addis - Awash Melka Qunture - Adadi Mariam -Tiya Steles –Addis
Tour Code: STT 003
Addis-Awash Melka Qunture-Adadi Mariam-Tiya Steles –Addis
Awash Melka Qunture: 50km Southwest of Addis along the Butajira road is the small town of Awash Malka Qunture, which is famed by its paleontological site.
The main excavation in the site include fossilized animal bones, Stone Age pebble tools of ancient men (estimated at about 2 million years back) which are exhibited at a mini Museum.
Addadi Mariam Church: It is an old cavernous church located 23km from Awash Malka Qunture (including a 13km detour) or 73km from Addis Ababa on the same route. The church is famed by its unique earth and rock hewn underground cavern. It lies below the ground with steps descending to the main entrances. The church has 10 gates and 14 small windows that let in the sun light. Being a site of religious pilgrimage, it is also a good attraction for tourists interested in historical wonders and religion.
Tiya Steles: Not far from Addadi Mariam church is the small town of Tiya found in Gurage Zone of SNNP Regional State. Here one can see 36 ancient Stelea or Obelisks, thirty one of which are decorated with carvings and the tallest of them is 3.7 meters.