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Ethiopia is a country with many historical and cultural sites that can stretch back 3000 year. Among many historical sites, northern Ethiopia is well known for its historical and natural sites in the world.

1. Tigrai is among one of them which is  few in the world, frequently mentioned in ancient civilization and cultural lists of humanity for its universally accepted historic sites. The state have some of the most important historical monuments of the continent. It is very well known for its pre-Christian monuments. The Axum obelisks or Steels (2nd century BC), the pre-Axumite Yeha’s "Temple of The Moon" (5th century BC), bath and palace of the Queen Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant, are among the most prominent. The Ark of the Covenant, is said to have been brought from the Temple in Jerusalem. Moreover, the region has served as entrance of the two world religions- Christianity in the 4th century AD, and Islam in the 6th century AD into Ethiopia. The mosque of Negash is also another historical site. There are more than 120 rock hewn churches and caves that serve as monasteries scattered over the mountains of Tigrai, containing gold and silver crosses, glittering crowns, manuscripts and stones bearing ancient Sabean inscriptions. These and other cultural heritages are priceless assets of the country.

2. Afar is also well known for its natural sceneries. The region is known for its Danakil Depression one of world’s deepest and hottest area with a wonderful and colorful land. And Erta-ele is a place known for an active volcanic eruption, which erupts throughout the year.

There is a lot of debate about the hottest place on earth. Some people think their bedroom is the hottest place to be while others name a few hot hangouts. Weather wise, the hottest places on earth are the Dallol Depression in Ethiopia and Death Valley in California.

The Dallol Depression, also called Danakil Depression, is a desert with some areas that are more than 100 meters (328 feet) below sea level. This is special because it is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water and its temperature could reach upto 55 degree celsius with almost no humidity during summer(April-August).This makes it the hottest and the hurshest place on earth. There are hot yellow sulfur fields among the sparkling white salt beds. Heat isn't the only thing people feel in the Dallol Depression. Alarming earth tremors are frequently felt. There are also several active volcanoes. So just how hot is it at the Dallol Depression? Temperatures can reach as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius) in June-August.

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