Tiya Stelae Field Tour


Our day tour explores the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tiya Stelae Field 85 km south of Addis Ababa. The site comprises of 36 stones up to 2 m in height, all but four of which are engraved.

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All about the Tiya Stelae Field Tour.

We will travel a further 30km south to visit 600-year-old Adadi Maryam, Ethiopia’s southernmost functioning rock-hewn church.

Visit Oromo and Gurage villages before returning to Addis Ababa

• Engraved stelae
• Rock-hewn church

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Airport or hotel pick up

Arrival and departure transfers are included, whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you.


You will be escorted throughout by an English speaking guide. You will also have local English speaking guides.


As listed within the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.


Guests are responsible for arranging their own visa. We would recommend that you obtain your visa in advance of your trip using the evisa service.

International flights

We don’t include international flights in the cost of our tours


It is important that you have insurance in place prior to arriving in country.


Guide and porterage tips, also local payments for photography

  1. Day 1 - TiyaStelaeField Day Tour L You will be met on arrival at Bole International Airport, or at your hotel. Drive 85 km outside of the city to the Tiya Stelae Field. The site consists about 40 obelisks which stand between one and two meters high. Recent excavations revealed that the stones mark mass graves of both males and females who died between the ages of 18 and 30 and were laid to rest in a foetal position. Tiya is one of eight UNESCO world heritage sites in Ethiopia.

    We return to Addis via Adadi Mariam’s Rock hewn church; the only southerly rock church in Ethiopia, which dates back to 12th century. Short stops can also be made to visit the Oromo and Gurage villages before returning to the city.

    Tiya Stelae Field

    Tiya is among the most important of the roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far in the Soddo region, south of Addis Ababa. The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher. They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined.

    According to UNESCO, these are the remains of ancient Ethiopian cultures whose age has not yet been precisely determined. The erection of megalithic monuments such as those is a very ancient tradition in Ethiopia. These obelisks are not soaring monoliths as in Axum, but they contain depictions of swards and various symbols not found in other regions.
    The carved monoliths vary in size from 1m to 5m. Their forms fall into several distinct categories: figurative composition, anthropomorphic, hemispherical or conical, simple monoliths. Stelae with depictions of swords, associated with enigmatic symbols and schematic human figures came be found in the northern area.