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Debre Birhan-Ankober

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  • Trip Type Short Tour
  • Tour Code GHET-005
  • Private Journey
  • 1 Day
  • On this tour you visit two cities which played an important role in the history of Ethiopia.

In the morning, we start driving north on the Dessie Road. Our first stop on this route will be the shitorical city of DebreBerhan, which is located 130 km from Addis Ababa. The great Emperor ZeraYaqob (1434 - 1468) made his imperial capital here, after seeing a "heavenly light" (almost certainly Halley’s comet) , which he took as a divine sign. Later rulers abandoned the town, but it once again became an important center under the Shoan kings, notably King Sahle Selassie (1813 - 1847).

Then we continue driving to Ankober. Ankber traces its history to the 12th century, reaching its climax in the 19th century with the coronation of MinilikII as King of Ethiopia. It served as capital of Showan rulers until the founding of Addis Ababa as a capital in 1886. Here you will visit the ruins of Minilik palace, an ancient Christian Monastery and you will also enjoy a spectacular view of the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley across.

After visiting Ankober, we will drive back to Addis Ababa with a stopover at DebreBirhan to arrive Addis Ababa late in the afternoon.


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