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Yeha Archaeological Site

Yeha Village, Ethiopia
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Tourist Trap to "fill" a day trip or a ride to/From Mekale From/to Axum

Summary: Not worth a visit for the price you pay to go there! In a small village far from Axum... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2017
Assaf L
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Israel
An amazing site and peak into history

Yeha is definitely worth a visit, especially if you have made it all the way to Axum. You cannot... read more

Reviewed June 28, 2017
David K
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed July 16, 2017

Summary: Not worth a visit for the price you pay to go there! In a small village far from Axum (I think it was 45 km) this monastery as an attraction you come to specifically or on the way to Mekale. The compound is surrounded...More

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Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

Yeha is definitely worth a visit, especially if you have made it all the way to Axum. You cannot get a full view of the history of this area without Yeha, and the archeological work and treasures at Yeha are fantastic. Thanks especially to the...More

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Reviewed March 1, 2017

We were lucky enough to visit Yeha when some German & Italian archaeologists were working there and they told us so much about about the site that is still under excavation. Remarkably well cut stone, perfect jointing and plumb walls. A seven story house that...More

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Reviewed February 27, 2017

Drove off the main road and through a very busy village. It was market day so there were lots of people and animals about. We walked up some quite rocky terrain and steps to get to Yeha Temple which is supposed to be the oldest...More

1  Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

Location - A small detour from the main road from Axum to Adigrat - about 15 minutes drive. Archeology - ancient temple with intact walls. Approximately 3500 years old - so the oldest building in the whole of Africa, bar Egyptian civilisation. Remarkably well cut...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2016

While the temple is under needed renovation to keep it intact, it is still worth visiting. There is a small museum on site that offers some interesting archaeological finds that you must visit. The monks will bring out books over 1000 years old for viewing.

1  Thank Kcdavid100
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Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

The temple itself is still under renovations with large scaffolds around it and the interior. Without a guide, I can't say I felt or understood much at all looking at the temple, nor was there any specific carvings or details that were nice. The little...More

Thank Jack L
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Reviewed January 24, 2016

We stopped at this site on our way from Axum to Hawzen with the Amazing Ethiopia historical Tour and we had the opportunity to see some archaeological work in progress and communicate with the workers . The site is maybe the oldest one in Ethiopia...More

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Reviewed December 31, 2015

I visited Yeha, an old temple near Axum. It is interesting to see a site so much earlier than the others, though since it is covered in scaffolding (and of metal rather than wood as usually seen in these parts) the effect is generally spoilt....More

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Reviewed December 14, 2015

The temple and church are excellent. Don't miss the museum. The Grat Ba'el is very interesting as well. Don't feel pressured to buy the 100 birr coffee pots...

Thank Jason4hr
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