Cultural Heritage of Ethiopia

Cultural heritage of Ethiopia is closely linked to the findings of antique artifacts resulting today not only in a lively religious tradition but in intense scientific research on the evolution of man as well. Ethiopia’s course during the colonization era led to an intense African identity.

Early Christian and Judaism Artifacts

Important archaeological sites harbor UNESCO world monuments each telling a different story on the early Christian settlers from the Mediterranean. Age old Jewish altars still bear marks of blood from now obsolete rites. Discovering these early traces of Christian and Jewish culture reveals on one’s own spirituality.

The Tewahedo Church

A truly endemic cultural phenomenon, the Tewahedo Church is an orthodox Christian church descending from the Byzantine epoch. Ethiopian Churches are considered by almost all who have seen them, and many who have only seen pictures of them or read about them, to be magnificent.

Origins of Man. Lucy and Ardi

Until recently, Lucy, estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago, was the oldest known biological ancestor of man. A specimen of the Australopithecus afarensis, Lucy brought evidence bipedalism preceded increase in brain size in human evolution, evidence discovered more than 30 years ago. Although it is not known whether Ardi's species, Ardipithecus ramidus, developed into Homo sapiens, the discovery is of great significance as Ardi is the oldest known hominid fossil.

Film Locations

Find out about Ethiopia in more than 100 movies, series or documentaries shot at actual places in Ethiopia. Topics include all moments of Ethiopian cultural identity: athletes’ struggle, quest for the ark of the covenant, coffee and other.

African Spirit

After the victory over Italy in 1896, Ethiopia acquired a special importance in the eyes of Africans as the only surviving African State. After the battle of Adowa, Ethiopia became emblematic of African valour and resistance, the bastion of prestige and hope to thousands of Africans who were experiencing the full shock of European conquest and were beginning to search for an answer to the myth of African inferiority. (Molefe Asante)

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