The Historic Route is the best-known pathway followed by travelers to Ethiopia. In the North it touches on religious traditions and architectural heritage. The cities and surroundings conserve traces of the now-faded, glorious past of the first Christian-African country and the powerful Axumite Empire. This tour is an extraordinary experience, as travelers pass among ancient monuments, precious religious treasures, marvelous frescoes, endless landscapes, excavations, rivers, gorges, and traverses. During the Orthodox celebrations this part of the country is a destination for religious pilgrims. These traditions are particularly important in the North which is why it attracts the pilgrims. For visitors it is a unique experience.