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Debre Damo is the name of a flat-topped mountain, or amba, and a 6th-century monastery in northern Ethiopia. The mountain is a steeply rising plateau of trapezoidal shape, about 1000 by 400 m in dimension. With a latitude and longitude of 14°22′26″N 39°17′25″E Coordinates: 14°22′26″N 39°17′25″E, it sits at an elevation of 2216 m above sea level. It is north-west of Adigrat, in the Mehakelegnaw Zone of the Tigray Region, close to the border with Eritrea.
The monastery, accessible only by rope up a sheer cliff, 15 m high, is known for its collection of manuscripts and for having the earliest existing church building in Ethiopia that is still in its original style, and only men can visit it. Tradition claims the monastery was founded in the 6th century by Abuna Aregawi.
Day 1: Addis Ababa - Axum
Early in the morning fly to Axum, A city more than 3000 years of history and once the center of a great empire and ancient civilization, home of the original Ark of the Covenant. The sightseeing of this ancient city includes St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository for ‘Ark of the covenant’, the coronation yard, the Stelae Park, Tombs of Kaleb and his son GebreMeskel, Ezana’s inscriptions and Dungur palace (popularly known as ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace)
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight: Sabian Hotel
Day 2: Axum – Yeha – Debredamo - Axum
Drive from Axum to Debredamo via Adwa and Adigrat. For the Ethiopians, the town of Adwa holds huge significance. It was in the hills surrounding Adwa that the Emperor Menelik II inflicted the biggest defeat ever on a colonial army in Africa and saved Ethiopia from colonization. Use the town as the base from which to visit Yeha or Debra Damo. Yeha is famous for its huge and remarkable temple. According to the 19th-century German scholar Heinrich.Miiller, the temple is thought to date back to about seven or eight hundred years before the birth of Christ. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. Beside the remarkable temple stands a church dedicated to Abba Aftse.
Abba Aftse was one of the famous nine saints who came to Ethiopia in the 6th century from the eastern Roman Empire to teach the Gospel. The church, sharing the same compound with the temple is rectangular in shape. Proceed to Debre Damo monastery accessible only by rope and not allowed for women. The most famous is Debre Damo monastery, built in the 6th century A.D. as locals tell you, only accessible by climbing a steep cliff using a rope. For ages and ages, monks have been living here a retired, self-sufficient life. The monastery is only accessible to men. The biggest church is built in the Axumite style with beautiful carved wooden panels on the beams and ceiling. In the afternoon drive back to Axum.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sabian Hotel
Day 3: Axum - Addis Ababa
In the morning transfer to Axum airport and fly back to Addis. Upon arrival in the capital city, shopping of souvenirs and Coffee. In the evening you will have folkloric show with cultural dinner and coffee ceremony at one of Ethiopian traditional restaurant. Transfer to the airport and departure. End of services.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation on single bed basis
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- All entrance fees according to the tour program
- Return transfer to airport
- Ground transportation per the package itinerary
- Driver allowance
- English speaking local guide
- Alcoholic drinks
- Video and camera fees if and where applicable
- Tips, telephone calls, laundry services and other expenses of personal nature
- Entrance fees to any special ceremonies you might encounter by chance
- International and domestic flights
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include section