Tiya World Heritage Site
Tiya World Heritage Site
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An important archaeological site contains ancient rock stelae with enigmatic carvings.
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andriasTB
Moscow, Russia1 contribution
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Apr 2022
You can visit this place like an excursion from Addis, about 86 km asphalt road. According some Anthropologists, it was dated to a time period between the 11th and 13th centuries CE. Later dating places the stelae's construction sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries CE. However, the building of megaliths in Ethiopia is a very ancient tradition, with many such monuments predating the Common Era.
Tiya is one of nine megalithic pillar sites in the Gurage Zone. As of 1997, 118 stelae were reported in the area. Along with the stelae in the Hadiya Zone, the structures are identified by local residents as Yegragn Dingay or "Gran's stone", in reference to Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi (Ahmad "Gurey" or "Gran"), ruler of the Adal Sultanate.
The Gurage stelae are of three types: anthropomorphic stelae with human figures, phallic stelae, and stelae of neither anthropomorphic nor phallic type. Most of these stelae, including the 46 ones at Tiya, which are the largest of the bunch, also have distinctive, elaborate decorations Among these designs are swords, plant-like symbols, and a standing human figure with arms akimbo. The plant and sword emblems can be found on the same stelae. The sword design is reportedly of local "Galla" type, as made by the Oromo. The shape of its blade is likewise the same as that of a traditional Somali dagger. In addition, the Tiya rock slabs also often feature a T-shaped symbol.
The stelae at Tiya and other areas in central Ethiopia are similar to those on the route between Djibouti City and Loyada in Djibouti. In the latter area, there are a number of anthropomorphic and phallic stelae, which are associated with graves of rectangular shape flanked by vertical slabs. The Djibouti-Loyada stelae are of uncertain age, and some of them are adorned with an analogous T-shaped emblem.
No where humans are buried phallic style, this is why it registered by UNESCO World Heritage Sites!!
I recommended to visit this cultural-archaeological sites of Ethiopia. here is the best driver guide very knowledgeable guy Yonas i thank you so much for taking me there safely i learned a lot about your couture with you you may contact Yonas by calling or just send him a message on whats-app+251976389898
Written 18 April 2022
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VGriet
Leuven, Belgium336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
We like to learn about history. The area is small but filled with over 40 stelea and they ate still excavating. We really wanted to support this work of the community (who maintains it) with the small entrance fee. So we'll worth a little stop.
Written 7 March 2021
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Fkereselase
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Stelea with figures on them. one of the world heritage sites of Ethiopia. So close to addis ababa. Great landscape
Written 6 November 2019
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Eindelik
Cape Town Central, South Africa166 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Couples
Tiya offers a collection of gravestones of long-dead notables - most of them, apparently, young men.

The standing stones - or stelae - marking the graves are richly and curiously decorated, indicating how many people the warrior has killed, and his marital status. There are also a tiny handful of stones commemorating notable women.

This is a wonderful glimpse back into Ethiopia's history, of a rich and sophisticated - and warlike! - culture
Written 22 June 2019
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Muluken G
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia293 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Business
Nice place to visit for people with interest for historical and cultural sites. And the Steles of Tiya is the nearest UNESCO world heritage site of Ethiopia you can visit from Addis Ababa. It is great if you visit on Friday so that you would also visit the local weekly held cultural market of Tiya
Written 15 April 2019
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Türkiye6,534 contributions
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Jan 2019 • Friends
There are 41 stelae with inscriptions in this site which is most probably a graveyard dating back to 12-14th century or maybe older. Most have swords depicted on them so they are supposed to belong to warriors but some have female symbols and may belong to a queen or a princess.
The site was listed in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1980.
There is a small shop inside with pottery etc.
The toilet is old fashioned and quite far away.
Written 3 February 2019
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Muluken G
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia293 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Business
The Steles of Tiya is a cemetery with about 40 carved tall stone grave markers. These beautifully carved grave stones are 82 kms away from Addis Ababa and the site is the nearest UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE of Ethiopia to Addis Ababa.  The stones are believed to be erected in memory of local warriors as they depict carvings of swords and thought to date back from the 12th to 14th Century AD.

Entrance to visit is 130 Birr per person. You may be asked to take a local guide for 50 Birr for a small group of less than 4 people.

If you are visiting the Steles of Tiya, stopping at the rock carved churche of Adadi Mariam along the way makes your visit more interesting.
Written 22 July 2018
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livinglifetothefull1
Hertfordshire, UK1,048 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We were returning from the south and this was on the way. Its OK as a site - I wouldnt go out of my way to visit.
Written 14 March 2017
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Chrisbeeoxford
Oxford, UK571 contributions
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Dec 2016 • Solo
I'd not done my homework and was expecting older stelae, perhaps from 2000 years ago and had to adjust my mind set when I was told that they were 12th to 14th Century ones. They are unusual because of their number; many can be seen in smaller groupings elsewhere. The largest are normally in front of the smaller and other stone edging perhaps indicating family groups. The larger are all engraved with sword, neck rest and other symbols. I was shown along the road from Kiway towards Awasa modern versions off the side of the road within family farming compounds.
Written 27 December 2016
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Turknoys
Doha, Qatar403 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
There are nine world heritage site in Ethiopia. Not sure if this one is worth visiting alone for a day trip but this one is closest to Addis Ababa. We visited this site and enjoyed with kids. Reflectively, the other sites which include domestic flights maybe better.

The site includes megaliths with the guide's interpretation of the engraved pictures in the tombstones. The landscape is picturesque and amazing for kids.

Would we be recommending this? Really depends on one's purpose. Our family is worldschooling, hence it is a good afternoon spent visiting the site.
Written 21 December 2016
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