Dessie Sightseeing Guide

Dessie in Amhara Region (region) with it's 136,056 residents is a town located in Ethiopia - about 158 mi (or 255 km) North-East of Addis Ababa, the country's capital place. To learn more about Dessie in general, check the Dessie destination guide. These are some of the noteworthy things about this place.

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Map of local sightseeing hints

The map features the more popular and well known points of interest from this area.

12 sightseeing spots quickly introduced

Distances are based on the centre of the city/town and sightseeing location. This list contains brief abstracts about monuments, holiday activities, national parcs, museums, organisations and more from the area as well as interesting facts about the region itself. Where available, you'll find the corresponding homepage. Otherwise the related wikipedia article.

Abole

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 16 mi away.
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Abole (also known as Obole) is a town 30 km northwest of Degehabur, in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. On April 24, 2007 an attack on an oil facility in the town by the rebel ONLF group left 74 people dead, including Chinese nationals.

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  • Populated places in the Somali Region

Ancharo

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 12 mi away.
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Ancharo (also known as Curcureta) is a town in northern Ethiopia. Located in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, Ancharo has a latitude and longitude of {{#invoke:Coordinates|coord}}{{#coordinates:11|03|N|39|47|E||| | |name= }} with an elevation of 2972 meters above sea level. It is one of three towns in Tenta woreda. The missionary Johann Ludwig Krapf, who visited Ancharo in the 1840s, described the town as one of the principal marketplaces of the Were Wallo, a "House" or a sub-group of the Wollo Oromo.

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  • Populated places in the Amhara Region

Bati (woreda)

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 19 mi away.
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Bati is one of the woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Oromia Zone, Bati is bordered on the south by Dawa Harewa, on the southeast by the Argobba special woreda, on the west and north by the Debub Wollo Zone, and on the east by the Afar Region. Towns in Bati include Bati, Gerba and Degan. A notable landmark of this woreda is the Aneba forest. These 53 hectares of woodland are one of the few remaining stands of Afrocarpus gracilior, an indigenous tree locally known as Zegba, in Ethiopia. At least one tree in this woodland, known as Aliyaw, is 700 years old.

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  • Amhara Region
  • Woredas of Ethiopia

Chefe Golana Dewerahmedo

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 12 mi away.
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Chefe Golana Dewerahmedo ("Chefe Gola and Dewerahmedo") was one of the 105 woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Oromia Zone, Chefe Golana Dewerahmedo was bordered on the south by Artuma Fursina Jile, on the southwest by the Semien Shewa Zone, on the west by the Debub Wollo Zone, on the north by Bati, and on the east by the Afar Region. Towns in Chefe Golana Dewerahmedo included Bora and Kemise; the villages of Shonke and T’ollaha were also located in this woreda, and notable as being communities where the Argobba language is spoken. Chefe Golana Dewerahmedo was divided for Dawa Chefe and Dawa Harewa woredas and Kemise town. Elevations in Chefe Golana Dewerahmedo range between 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level. The paved highway connecting Addis Ababa with towns as far north as Adigrat passes through this woreda. Notable rivers include the Borkana, whose swampy valley is used as a grazing area for about 100,000 cattle, 60,000 of which come from outside of the Oromia Zone.

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  • Amhara Region
  • Woredas of Ethiopia

Combolcha Airport

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 6 mi away.
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Combolcha Airport is an airport located between the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha in north-central Ethiopia. Situated at an elevation of 1864 meters above sea level, it has one unpaved runway 1098 meters long.

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  • Airports in Ethiopia
  • Amhara Region

Dessie

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 0 mi away.
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Dessie (also spelled Dese or Dessye, is a city and a woreda in north-central Ethiopia. Located on the Addis Ababa - Asmara highway in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, this city has a latitude and longitude of {{#invoke:Coordinates|coord}}{{#coordinates:11|8|N|39|38|E||| | |name= }} with an elevation between 2,470 and 2,550 metres above sea level. Dessie has postal service, and telephone service from at least as early as 1954. The city has had electrical power since at least 1963 when a new diesel-powered electric power station with a power line to Kombolcha was completed, at a cost of Eth$ 110,000. Intercity bus service is provided by the Selam Bus Line Share Company. Dessie shares Combolcha Airport with neighbouring Kombolcha. Dessie is home to a museum, in the former home of Dejazmach Yoseph Biru. It also has a zawiya of the Qadiriyya order of Islam, which was the first Sufi order to be introduced into north-east Africa.

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  • Populated places in the Amhara Region
  • Woredas of Ethiopia

Hayq, Ethiopia

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 12 mi away.
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Hayq (or Haik) is a town in northern Ethiopia. It is named after Lake Hayq, which lies two kilometers east of the city and is the home of Istifanos Monastery, an important landmark in Ethiopian Church history. Located 28 kilometers north of Dessie in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, the town has a latitude and longitude of {{#invoke:Coordinates|coord}}{{#coordinates:11|18|N|39|41|E||| | |name= }} and an elevation of 2030 meters above sea level. Telephone service reached the town of Hayq at some point between 1954 and 1967. Notable landmarks include the churches Hayq Timhirt and Hayq Yohannis. Near the town is the church of Hayq Tekle Haymanot, founded according to tradition in 862 by Saint Kalae Salama during the reign of king Dil Na'od.

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  • Populated places in the Amhara Region

Istifanos Monastery

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 15 mi away.
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Istifanos Monastery (or St Stephen Monastery) is a monastery in Ethiopia, located in Lake Hayq. (The Stephen commemorated at the monastery is not the Saint Stephen of Acts. ) The structure was built around an 8th century church of Aksumite origins by Emperor Yekuno Amlak to fulfill a promise he made to Iyasus Mo'a.

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  • Christian monasteries in Ethiopia
  • Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church buildings
  • History of Ethiopia

Kalu (woreda)

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 16 mi away.
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Kalu (also known as Harbu) is one of the woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Debub Wollo Zone, Kalu is bordered on the west by Dessie Zuria, on the north by Were Babu, on the south and east by the Oromia Zone, on the southeast by Argobba special woreda, and on the southwest by Abuko. The administrative center for this woreda is Harbu; other towns in Kalu include Ancharo. The altitude of this woreda ranges from 800 meters above sea level in the lowlands bordering the Oromia Zone to 1,750 meters at the foot of the mountains north of Kombolcha; the climate of Kalu varies from dry sub-humid to semi-arid. Important rivers include the Cheleleka and Borkana. Forested area includes Yegof forest, 180 square kilometers of native trees and plantations of exotic species covering the steep slopes of Mount Yegof northeast of Kombolcha, which regenerated after the 1973-1974 famine. In 2002, a number of kebeles were taken from Kalu and Dessie Zuria to create the new woreda of Abuko. Argobba special woreda was separated from Kalu.

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  • Amhara Region
  • Woredas of Ethiopia

Kombolcha

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 8 mi away.
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Kombolcha is a city and woreda in north-central Ethiopia. Located in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, it has a latitude and longitude of {{#invoke:Coordinates|coord}}{{#coordinates:11|5|N|39|44|E||| | |name= }} with an elevation between 1842 and 1915 meters above sea level. Some guide books describe Kombolcha as the twin city of Dessie which lies some 13 km to the northwest. This city shares Combolcha Airport with neighbouring Dessie. It is also home to Kombolcha Steel products, a metalworking factory that is part of MIDROC, a conglomerate owned by businessman Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi. Another industry in this town is the Kombolcha Textile Factory (KTF), which announced 9 March 2009 that it was beginning a 190 million Birr modernization project to improve the quality of its projects. At the time of the announcement, the KTF exported its goods to Italy, Sweden, Belgium and China.

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  • Populated places in the Amhara Region
  • Woredas of Ethiopia

Lake Ardibbo

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 10 mi away.
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Lake Ardibbo is a freshwater lake of Ethiopia. It is located north of Dessie, in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region. It is situated about five kilometers southeast of Lake Hayq; both lakes are in Tehuledere woreda. This lake is smaller in size than Lake Hayq and flows into Hayq via the Anchercah River.

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  • Amhara Region
  • Lakes of Ethiopia
  • Mountain lakes

Lake Hayq

Located at 11.13, 39.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 15 mi away.
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Lake Hayq or Lake Haik is a freshwater lake of Ethiopia. It is located north of Dessie, in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region (or kilil). The town of Hayq is to the west of the lake. Lake Hayq is 6.7 km long and 6 km wide, with a surface area of 23 km². It has a maximum depth of 88 m and is at an elevation of 2,030 meters above sea level. It is one of two lakes in the Tehuledere woreda.

  • This attraction is classified as:
  • Amhara Region
  • History of Ethiopia
  • Lakes of Ethiopia
  • Mountain lakes

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