Top 15 Church Sights in Ethiopia

    Start your walk at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
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    Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
    Ancient church in Axum, claimed location of the Ark of the Covenant

    The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion is an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Ethiopia. It is claimed to contain the Ark of the Covenant. It is located in the town of Axum, Tigray. The original church is believed to have been built during the reign of Ezana…Read more

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    Church of Saint George, Lalibela
    Church in Lalibela, Ethiopia

    The Church of Saint George is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Originally named Roha , the historical and religious site was named Lalibela after the King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of the Zagwe dynasty, who commissioned its construction. He…Read more

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    Fasil Ghebbi
    Fortress

    The Royal Enclosure is the remains of a fortress-city in Gondar, Ethiopia. It was founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides and was the home of Ethiopia's emperors. Its unique architecture shows diverse influences including Nubian styles. The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site…Read more

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    Monolithic church

    A monolithic church or rock-hewn church is a church made from a single block of stone. Because freestanding rocks of sufficient size are rare, such edifices are usually hewn into the ground or into the side of a hill or mountain. They can be of comparable architectural complexity to constructed…Read more

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    Abuna Yemata Guh
    Church in Ethiopia

    Abuna Yemata Guh is a monolithic church located in the Hawzen woreda of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia. It is situated at a height of 2,580 metres and has to be climbed on foot to reach. It is notable for its dome and wall paintings dating back to the 5th…Read more

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    Tiya (archaeological site)
    Archaeological site in Ethiopia

    Tiya is located in the Soddo Region of Ethiopia. It is best known for its archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkable for its large stone pillars, many of which bear some form of decoration. The menhir or stelae, "32 of which are engraved with enigmatic symbols, notably swords," … Read more

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    Debre Damo

    Debre Damo is the name of a flat-topped mountain, or amba, and a 6th-century monastery in Tigray, Ethiopia. The mountain is a steeply rising plateau of trapezoidal shape, about 1000 by 400 m in dimension. It sits at an elevation of 2216 m above sea level. It is north-west…Read more

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    Biete Medhane Alem
    Church in Ethiopia

    Biete Medhane Alem is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It was built during the Zagwe dynasty. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.…Read more

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    Yemrehana Krestos Church
    Building in Ethiopia

    Yemrehana Krestos Church is an 11th / 12th-century Ethiopian Orthodox church located in Amhara Region, northern Ethiopia. Built of stone and wood, it was erected in the architectural tradition of the ancient Kingdom of Aksum.…Read more

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    Ura Kidane Mehret

    Ura Kidane Mehret is a church of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located on the Zege peninsula around Lake Tana in Ethiopia. It is part of the complex of the Convent of Mercy. At least one author considers it the most attractive church in the Lake Tana region.…Read more

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    Biete Maryam
    Church in Ethiopia

    Biete Maryam is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela.…Read more

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    Biete Amanuel
    Church in Ethiopia

    Biete Amanuel is an underground Orthodox monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. The edifice was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Amanuel is possibly the former royal chapel.…Read more

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    Abba Garima Monastery
    Building in Ethiopia

    Abba Garima Monastery is an Ethiopian Orthodox church, located around five kilometres east of Adwa, in the Mehakelegnaw Zone of the northern Tigray Region in Ethiopia. It was established in the sixth century by one of the Nine Saints, Abba Garima, and built by King Gabra Masqal . The monastery…Read more

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    Dek Island
    Island in Ethiopia

    It is home to several monasteries, the best-known being Narga Selassie. Dek is accessible by the ferry that runs from Bahir Dar to Gorgora. Hormuzd Rassam mentions visiting the island in February 1866, describing that at the time it contained four villages with a church attached to each one. Rassam … Read more

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    Narga Selassie

    Narga Selassie is an Orthodox Tewahedo church on the western shores of Dek Island, the largest island of Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia. The name signifies "Trinity of the Rest". "Rest" refers to the place and the shade thereabouts.…Read more

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