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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Rock-Hewn Churches- Lalibela Amhara Region, Cultural (1978) The site contains 11 medieval monolithic cave churches from the 13th century, carved from a single rock during the reign kind Lalibela from the volcanic rock. Simien National Park- Amhara Region, Natural 1978 Massive erosion on the Ethiopian plateau has created a spectacular landscape of jagged mountain peaks, […]

Rock-Hewn Churches- Lalibela Amhara Region, Cultural

(1978) The site contains 11 medieval monolithic cave churches from the 13th century, carved from a single rock during the reign kind Lalibela from the volcanic rock.


Simien National Park- Amhara Region, Natural

1978 Massive erosion on the Ethiopian plateau has created a spectacular landscape of jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m.


Fasil Ghebbi (castle) -Gondar Region , Cultural

(1979) The fortress was the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century. The city remains, surrounded by a wall and featuring buildings with a Hindu and Arab influence, later transformed to a Baroque style by Jesuit missionaries.


Axum-Region, Cultural

(1980) The ruins of the city of Aksum, dating from the 1st to the 13th century, mark the heart of ancient Ethiopia and what was the “most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia”. It includes monolithic obelisks, giant stelae , royal tombs, and ruins of former castles.


Lower Valley of the Awash-Afar Region , Cultural

(1980) Paleontological findings from at least 4 million years ago, the most important finds from this site is the famous hominid Lucy (3.2 million years) give evidence of human evolution.


Lower Valley of the Omo Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region , Cultural

1980 The prehistoric site near Lake Turkana is the location of many fossil findings, such as Homo gracilis, situated in the border of Ethiopia and Kenya


Tiya -Southern Nations Nationalities, and People’s Region, Cultural

(1980) The archaeological site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols; the engraved symbols are representing swards, women fertility and a wooden head rest.


Harar Jugol- the Fortified Historic Town Harari Region, Cultural

(2006) The city is located on a plateau and surrounded by gorges and savanna. It contains 82 mosques, three from the 10th century, 102 shrines and exceptional interior design in the townhouses. It is said to be the fourth-holiest city of Islam.


Konso Cultural Landscape-Southern Nations Nationalities, and People’s Region, cultural

(2011) It constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment. The landscape demonstrates the shared values, social cohesion and engineering knowledge of its communities.


Oromo Gada System
The Oromo Gada system is a system of generational classes that succeed each other every eight years in assuming political, military, judicial, legislative and ritual responsibilities. Each one of the eight active generation classes–beyond the three grades–has its own internal leadership and its own assembly, but the leaders of the classes become the leaders of the nation as a whole when their class comes to power in the middle of the life course at a stage of life called “Gada” among the Borana.

The class in power is headed by an officer known as Abba Gada or Abba Bokku in different Oromo areas. The Conference adopted 33 intangible cultural heritages including Ethiopia’s Gada System. The 11th UNESCO Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage participants have commended Ethiopia’s hospitality and tourist attractions.


The Finding of The True Cross (Meskel)
Meskal has been celebrated in the country for over 1600 years. The word actually means “cross” and the feast commemorates the discovery of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified, by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The original event took place on 19 March 326 AD. but the feast is now […]

Meskal has been celebrated in the country for over 1600 years. The word actually means “cross” and the feast commemorates the discovery of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified, by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The original event took place on 19 March 326 AD. but the feast is now celebrated on 27 September.


Fiche Chamballala, New Year among the Sidama people, has been registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Ficha was one of the 23 elements inscribed out of a total of 35 that were proposed at the 10th session of the committee for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage meeting in Windhoek, Namibia.

Fiche Chamballala will be Ethiopia’s second Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity to be inscribed by UNESCO, next to Meskel festival, the finding of the True Cross.

Ethiopian delegation led by Me’aza Gebremedhin, State Minister of Culture and Tourism, is attending the meeting opened on 29 November with the participation of 500 delegates from 100 countries.

She congratulated Ethiopians and the Sidama people on the registration.

Works have been underway since 2012 to register Ethiopian intangible cultural heritages under UNESCO list, said Desalegn Abebaw, Director of Cultural Heritage Research at the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage.

Fiche Chamballala’s inscription as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will have an irreplaceable role to pass it down to the next generation, build image of the country and for researchers to conduct a study on the festivity.

The country has already submitted detailed study findings of three intangible cultural heritages to UNESCO for registration, including the Gada system, one of Oromo people’s unique culture, Desalegn said.

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