Rock-Hewn Churches of Tigray, Ethiopia - 1973

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See also:

-       Danakil desert

-       Semien mountains

 

After returning from the Danakil desert, I went hiking in the highlands of Tigray, North of Mekele. This is a beautiful area that is well-known for its rock-hewn churches.

 

 

Landscapes of the Tigrayan highlands:

 

 

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People:

Orthodox priest

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Woman and girl a cross of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church tattooed on their foreheads

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Market scenes

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Tigrayan farms:

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Preparing and eating injera (Ethiopian bread)

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Churches:

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Priests in front of their churches

 

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Stone bells

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Site of the rock-hewn church of Abune Yemata Guh in the Gheralta mountains

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Painting showing nine of the apostles on the cupola of the church of Abune Yemata Guh

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Another painting

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An illustrated bible

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Inside a rock-hewn church

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Inside the church of Debre Selam

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Group of men heading to a religious celebration

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Meeting and drinking tela (fermented barley) after the celebration

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