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Debre Berhan Selassie an easy stroll 2km northeast of town. Despite its walls hosting the nation’s most vibrant ecclesiastical artwork, it’s the ceiling that captures most visitors’ imaginations. Think of Mona Lisa’s smile and multiply it 104 times!

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Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Erta Ale is a very remote and rarely visited shield volcano in the Afar region of East Africa.

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Mulatu Astatke

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Churches in Ethiopia

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Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal

The Ethiopian wolf is the rarest canid in the world (Sillero 2001), and is one of the world's rarest mammals.

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Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Awasa , southern Ethiopia’s largest city, is 100km further south and sits on the shores of attractive Lake Awasa. With plenty of facilities, a great fish market and row boats to boot, Awasa is a great place to stop.  

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Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

The Center of Ethiopian art and culture Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches.

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The monastery of Debre Damo

 

The road after Adigrat is escorted by more exceptional wonders intervened between breathtaking sceneries 30km after this town, the track starts to skirt a series of flat – topped peaks, of which one supports, Debre Damo monastery , the oldest and the most distinguished marvel. The relic, 2800m above sea level lies 184km far from Mekelle and 41 km from Adigrat. A zigzagging way leads right to the foot of the plateau / amba/.

 

The flat- topped “Imba” (plateau) measures about 1000 meters from northeast to southwest and 500 meters from northwest to southeast and is surrounded by sheer cliffs. Ascent to the mountaintop is only possible by using the 15 meter plaited leather rope (the “Jende”) that is hanging down from the summit. The church is dedicated to its founder.. Abune Aregawi (Zemikale). One of the nine saints who taught gospel in the country in the 6th century. According to local tradition, Abune Aregawi is believed to have been taken to the top of the Imba with the help of a serpent that was commanded to do so by God. Today the ‘Jende’ symbolizes the miraculous serpent. Visitors need to be tightly tied up around their waists by the supplementary rope as a means of additional safety. Female visitors are not allowed to the church.

On top of the Imba there are two churches. The main one 20m deep and 9m wide, was constructed under the auspices of Emperor Gebre- Meskel, the Ethiopian king who reigned in the 6 century. It is believed to have been built of the very site where the serpent had safely dropped the founder, described by Richard Pankurst as “a veritable jewel of ancient Ethiopian architecture”, the church is built following an Axumite style of construction; layers of stone alternated with layers of wood. The walls are constructed of stones and strengthened with longitudinal beams which are themselves fixed to the walls with projecting woods otherwise known as “monkey heads”. The walls of the church show resemblance to the decorative styles displayed on the obelisks of Aksum. The monolithic pillars, the walls, the beams, the wooden doors, and

windows depict Aksumite architecture.

On the ceiling of the sanctuary one can observe wooden carvings of different animals such as cattle, elephants, water birds, etc. Ancient stone pillars can also be inspected in the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies. In 1948, Derek Mattews not only provided more information about the church as well as the other buildings on the top of the Imba but also substantially restored it. Although the church has undergone not very few restoration works, it still retains its original structure.

The second church is built on the eastern verge of the Imba. According to local tradition, that very site is the spot where Abune Aregawi had finally vanished unnoticed,hence “Misiwarom” (literally a place where he vanished from). It is a small church only frequented by hermits living on the Imba.

On the top of the Imba, there are hundreds of resident monks. It is true that the monks, among other things, have greatly contributed towards church education and literature in Ethiopia and, in this regard, Debre Damo has won unparalleled fame and reputation. Besides, the monastery has served as a safe haven for Ethiopian kings who were pursued by their enemies, the prominent example being Atse Lebne Dengle of the 16th centaury, who sought refuge there whilst fighting Ahmed Gragn’s army.

The monastery of Debre Damo possesses many treasures including ancient manuscripts, crosses, etc. Visiting the monastery emotionally takes you back to the distant past of Ethiopian religious life, or as professor Richard Pankurst rightly concludes, “ It takes today’s traveler into a past age and leaves him with a deeper understanding of Ethiopia’s age – old and unique civilization than mere words can give”.

The top of the Imba also commands magnificent views towards Hazemo in Eritrea to the far north and the “fantastic shapes” of the Adwa Mountains to the west. The annual festival takes place on October 24 ( Tikimt 14)

 

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