Ethiopia is famous for being the home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including several natural and wildlife preserves as well as the rock churches of Lalibela. The Blue Nile also flows through Ethiopia. Ethiopia is also presumed by some scholars as the home of the Queen of Sheba.Know More
The rock churches of Lalibela are monuments carved into the ground from single pieces of rock. Scholarly theory and legend pinpoint one of the churches as the tomb of King Lalibela, for whom they are named, and another as the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant. The Ethiopian countryside is also punctuated by a vast array of geological formations that include mountains and savannahs. An array of wildlife call these areas home and can be viewed as part of organized safaris.
Omo National Park is home to what is known throughout Africa as "the big five": elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinoceros as well as zebra and hundreds of different species of birds. The Blue Nile feeds Laka Tana, which is the largest lake in Ethiopia. The monasteries that populate the banks of the lake house priceless works of art, although women are not permitted to enter many of them.Learn more about Africa
Ethiopia was occupied by Italy from May 9, 1936 to May 5, 1941, and was part of the Italian colony of Italian East Africa. Prior to this occupation, Italy had made a failed attempt during the 1880s to claim Ethiopia as a colony.Full Answer >
The country of Ethiopia is located in eastern Africa. The nation shares its borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, the Sudans to the west and Kenya to the south.Full Answer >
The Great Rift Valley describes a large trench system in Eastern Africa that stretches through Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. The fracture is a result of tectonic plate movement within the Earth's crust. The East African Rift System is a divergent rift, meaning that the plates are moving apart.Full Answer >
Axum is located in the northeast area of what is now Ethiopia. It was a flourishing city from 100 B.C.E. to 650 C.E and was known for its monumental obelisks. It sat high on a plateau and overlooked the Red Sea.Full Answer >