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Visiting Ethiopia with its breath-taking landscapes and hospitable people is an exciting adventure and unforgettable cultural experience. It was here that the prehistoric skeleton of a woman was found (“Lucy”), who, according to estimates, is about 3.2 million years old and an important historical link in human development. As a consequence, Ethiopia is justifiably called the “cradle of humankind”. In addition to this and according to popular legend, the country is home to the Ark of Covenant with Mose’s Tablets of Commandments. Following King Solomon’s death, the Queen of Sheba and their son, the first King of Ethiopia, Menelik I, are said to have brought them to the city of Aksum. With its ceremonial, religious customs and traditions Ethiopia also gives significant testimony of Early Christian faith development, as the country’s Christian population has preserved its Alexandrian Orthodox Rite.
For a long time the Ethiopian population has shown that peaceful coexistence between religious affiliations is possible, and thus provides visitors with the possibility to experience cultural highlights from various traditions and religions. In this regard, works of art such as icons, wall or ceiling paintings in the traditional, often round, churches, procession crosses and silver jewellery are particularly impressive; as is the colourful sight of women draped in traditional cloths in the Muslim areas.
Arriving in the young capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, one starts with a visit of the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the National Museum, where “Lucy” lies dormant.