- Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub. Its National Museum exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, \"Lucy.\" The burial place of the 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie, copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, is a neo-baroque architectural landmark.
- Home to medieval monastries and the Nile Falls
- This was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Emperor Fasilidas. Stricking features of Gondar are dozens of castles built by various emperors over the course of about 200 years.
- home to one of the world\'s most astounding sacred sites: eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level!