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:

Wukro Chirkos

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Mikael Debre Selam

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Inside the church of Mikael Debre Selam

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Partial view of Abreha we Atsbeha

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Wall painting in Abreha we Atsbeha

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Maryam Korkor

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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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An illustrated bible (unknown location)

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Inside a rock-hewn church (non-identified)

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Non-identified gate

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Priests in front of their churches

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Lithophones

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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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