Qohaito is a plateau located at an elevation of about 2,600 m and 2,700 m above sea level.
Qohaito positioned on top of the Qohaito plateau 2600 M ASL was at the cross roads of the main communication axes between the Red Sea and main lands of Metera and Highlands of Ethiopia.
Qohaito is thought to be part of the great Axumite Empire, one of the known civilizations in Sub Saharan Africa. However its history goes back to the Pre-Axumite era.
It takes half a day to visit every corner of the ruined archeological features standing in the site. It contains many erected pillars or temples dispersed throughout the plateau, large mounds, elaborate monumental architecture, and cistern like features (an ancient dam; built of large rectangular blocks of stone walls in a place called Saphira, and reservoir basin.)
The cultivated areas between the ruined building complexes make it appear to have been a garden city. Amid the many relics, the Temple of Mariam Wakiro; a Christian church surrounded by dusty remains of other temples and sand stone hewn Egyptian Tomb named after the Tomb’s impressive dimensions, are famous.
Because it’s situated at the edge of the Great Rift Valley the eastern part offers a phenomenal view of the coastal area on a clear day.