The surprise find of a medieval fortress just up from Addis Ababa University, A major one, with twelve towers, loopholes, deep and wide trenches, inner structures. In the context of a whole complex town, easily datable to the XV and the very first years of the XVI centuries, as the consequent decline of Ethiopia and occupation by mainly nomadic Oromos exclude any other more recent origin.
Rock hewn churches, steps, palace bases, and a spring cut in the rock. Ornate stones of all sorts, including an unseen feline head protruding a horrible tongue. Paved roads and wall sided alleys, a residence of Royal standing and dozens and dozens of stones structures. A capital city of Abyssinia, re-discovered, after Minilik claimed discovery in 1881. Re-lost and long forgotten, covered in moss and bush. The missing link between the South expansion of Christianity at the slow fall of Axum and the Gondar Castles.
If he knew, why are we just finding this out? Or has it been know for a while?^^ Very impressive! I hope they fence off the whole area and conserve it properly. Actually, Menelik knew that the area around Addis Ababa was settled by preceding Ethiopian kings when he established his capital there.
No, it's a new discovery by A.A.U students and the Archeology department @ the university of Axum, that's what makes it exiting...Where is it exactly? Is it the Mount Wechacha area that I posted? It probably isn't since those are also walls in ruins, but there are no trees.
I read this somewhere, can't recall which book exactly, will let u know if I do. But yeah, one of the reasons Menelik had for settling the area is that it used to be an old imperial settlement. There's also a medieval rock hewn church very close to Addis, within city limits actually I think. Also, the biggest battle during Gragn's invasion was near Dukem, which shows the area around Addis must have been of importance during medieval times.If he knew, why are we just finding this out? Or has it been know for a while? It's certainly interesting either way.