Day Trip to Rock-Hewn Church of Adadi Mariam, Tiya Stelae & Melka Kuntare


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Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes. Looking after Kids are responsibility of theire Parents and Guardian.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



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Day trip from Addis Ababa to the mysteries Stelea of Tiya , A church carved from a single rock and Stone age place.

This full day excursion to the southwest of Addis Ababa gives visitors the chance to visit the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam. Believed to be constructed by the famous king Lalibela in the 12 c from single a bed rock.

At the Melka kunture archaeological site, we have a chance to see (nearly 2 million-year-old) discovered fossils of prehistoric age. The stone tools in the area dating 1. 8 million years old.

Furthermore Tiya stelae are found, this ancient stelae or obelisks are carved from single rock, and some of them are decorated with carvings of swords and different items that are open for meaning. There are over 10, 000 stelae are found marking all over the country. This is a large number in the hall Africa.


1 meet up and Introduction

2 We drive 50 km south on the Butajira Road. When we rich awash bridge we have a 1 Km road to the east. Here we find the prehistoric site of melka kuntre. Visit The Stone age Museum and open air Butchery area.

3 We will drive 5 km and turn on gravel road to another junction 15 km to the west to reach the village of Adadi. There we will find the most southern rock hewn church of St. Mary.

4 We take a break and have picnic lunch. On open Farm field or in the villages.

5 Drive to Tiya stelae. . . . Built by Unknown Tribal People.

6 we will drive back to Addis Ababa. I will leave you at the most convenient place or at your hotel.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Hotel, Guest House or at your Place

End location: Hotel, Guest House or at your Place

Duration: 10 hours


Private car Toyota Hiace Minivan available model ( from 2007 to 2012)

What’s Included

My tour Guiding service

private minivan car with feul

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 $ - for picnic lunch and entrance fee.

What’s Extra

Meals ,accommodation, entrance fee,

A Recent Review of this tour

Highly recommend Nurelegn. Excellent driver; knows roads well; speaks English very well. Outstanding knowledge of sites, related history, culture. Tours of Adadi Mariam church, Melka Kuntare excavations , and Tiya Stelae monoliths were great. However, most memorable parts of the tour were interactions with Nurelegn and other locals. On way to Adadi Mariam we purchased some food. At lunchtime, we were invited to eat in the home of a local family. We shared our food with them and got to know them.
Donald Ashton

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