Adwa is a city in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, not far south of the border with Eritrea. The small village of Yeha is in the same area and its ancient temple is a bigger drawcard than anything in Adwa.

A detail from the Ethiopian painting, "Battle of Adwa"



The invading Italian Army was defeated by Ethiopian defenders at the Battle of Adwa in 1896. The Italians returned under Mussolini in 1936 and managed to defeat the Ethiopian Army, in the process killing numerous civilians while sustaining heavy losses. Five years later, the Italians were kicked out of the country for good.

Get in

By car

Adwa is 22 km east of Axum, the nearest city, by sealed road. It is west, and much further, from Adigrat.

By plane

Axum Airport is between Adwa and Axum. There are daily flights from Addis Ababa, Gondar and Lalibela.

By bus

There is a daily bus from Mekele via Abi Addi.

Get around

Minibuses run to Yeha, taking 50 minutes and costing 13 birr. Be prepared for a bumpy ride. The last one back to Adwa leaves at about 4pm.


A memorial to the Italian soldiers killed in the Battle of Adwa



Church of Abba Afse, Yeha



There are several hotels in Adwa.

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