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LALIBELA

It is a history and mystery frozen in stone, its soul alive with the rites and awe of Christianity at its most ancient and unbending.  Lalibela has one of  the highest concentration of Churches of such architectural elegance and overall engineering sophistication in one spot. The 13 Churches in two complexes are said to represent a reproduction of Jerusalem. Their lighting systems, channels, water works, network of interconnected subterranean passageways and the sheer magnitude of the whole project are mind boggling.

The Churches are attributed to King Lalibela (ca 1200 AD) who was later canonized by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. King Lalibela is said to have taken 24 years to construct these Churches.

Churches Near To  Lalibela:

Genete Mariam Genete Mariam: is one of the most interesting outlying churches, a large monolith carved into a pink-tinged outcrop near the source of the Tekaze River. Supported by pillars, the church is very different from any of the excavation in Lalibela that it is not hidden within a trench, but carved openly on a rocky hilltop – though the cover of scaffolding rather detracts from the impact of seeing from afar according to tradition Genata Mariam was excavated during the reign of Yakuno Amlak, the king who ‘restored’ the Solomonic line in the early 13th century.

Yimrehanna Kristos :which is Lying 42KM northeast of Lalibela,Yimrehanna Kristos it is an exquisite Church, a masterpiece of Axumite wood and stone construction and renowned for its interior decoration, it’s beautiful wooden coffer ceiling inlaid with hexagons and medallions with both figurative and geometric motifs.
Naakute Le’Abe : King Nakuto abdicated his throne in 1270 AD and went to a cave to lead a hermit’s life. This cave has ever since became a monastery and has dramatic setting.
Asheten Mariam Church it’s one of the  13th C. rock hewn monastery found about 8 kms from Lalibela lying on an altitude of almost 4,000m. It is carved out of a cleft into a cliff face. The setting of the church and the view on the way up is a rewarding experience.

The Blue Nile Falls are a waterfall on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. They are known as Tis Issat in Amharic, when translated,means “smoking water” They are situated on the upper course of the river, about 30 kilometers downstream from the town of BahirDar and Lake Tana.

Debre Damo Monastry

Situated atop a 3,000m-high amba (tableland), and accessible only with the aid of a leather rope operated by the monks, the founder Abune Aregawi – one of the nine holy men who immigrated from Syria – was carried up the 15 m-high cliff by a flying serpent, so the legend goes. Built in the 6th century, Debre Damo is the oldest monastery in Ethiopia while its stone Church is said to be the oldest still standing. The monastery is off limit to females.

Yeha Temple

The Ancient Temple of Yeha (Conducive for visiting all season) The oldest standing structure in Ethiopia is located in Yeha: the temple of Yeha. This is a tower built in the Sabaean style, and dated through comparison with ancient structures in South Arabia to around 700 BC.

Tigray Rock Hewan Churches

The 120-odd churches are as intriguing as the landscape is beautiful. Very different from the more famous monolithic (carved out of the ground and only left attached to the earth at the base) churches of Lalibela, the Tigrayan churches are carved from cliff faces, built into pre-existing caves or constructed high atop some improbable perch – getting to some of them may not be for the faint-hearted, but getting there is almost always half the fun. And beyond a few famous churches, you’ll likely get to explore on your own, even in the high season.

Abuna Yemata Guh

This one of the remarkable Rock Hewan Churches lying in the Cliff and There’s nowhere on earth quite like Abuna Yemata Guh. Although less impressive architecturally than most, the church is spectacularly sited within a cliff face, halfway up a sheer rock pinnacle 4km west of Megab. The first 45 minutes of the climb is mildly challenging, with a couple of tricky sheer sections requiring toehold action

Al Negash Mosque (The Earliest Muslim Settlements in Africa)

Negash is a small town in the Tigray Region Ethiopia. It is the place where the first Hegira undertook. Negash is known as the earliest Muslim settlement in Africa; a seventh-century cemetery has been excavated inside the village boundaries. Negash is also known for the Negash Amedin Mesgid/mosque.This village is the site of the first Muslim settlement granted to Islamic refugees by the king of Axum at the time of Mohammed in 7th century AD. The present day mosque is said to stand on the site of the original, also dating back to the 7th century. The shrine has great significance to Ethiopian Muslims and is the focus of an annual pilgrimage and festival.

Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area

This is has one of the smallest but best-protected Afro-alpine habitats in Ethiopia. In fact, it’s been a locally managed natural resource management area since the 17th century.