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COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA

COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA. DISCOVER the word's oldest and most fascinating churches: Rock hewn churches, adobe churches, Ark of Covenant, treasure rooms

Coptic Churches of Ethiopia

Being the country the first or the second to declare Christianity the official religion, Coptic Churches of Ethiopia date back to around 350 AC, and few countries in the world have so many in tact ancient churches in such a variety in styles. The oldest churches are rock hewn churches in the Tigray Region, the oldest of which may date back to the sixth century AC. Many of these churches are a must see, and the best way to sample a great representation is through our Ethiopia Historical Monuments Circuit.

 

A picture is worth a thousand words. Most of our hundreds of pictures are favored in Google! Why? Because no other website has so many beautiful high resolution pictures, taken by ourselves. Our pictures not only show you the beauty of Ethiopia, but they also show that we go everywhere, photographing wildlife, plants, people and culture. They show our professionalism, our keen eye for detail and our passion for the culture and nature of Ethiopia. So why consider booking our our Ethiopia Culture & National Parks modules? Because we don't mislead you like many tour operators do. When the Blue Nile falls are dry.... we tell you. When fog clouds the lava lake of Erte Ale? We let you know. Just drop us a mail and we will check it out for you.

Our tours get you to ALL the cultural places Ethiopia is so famous for, and on top of that, you get to see up to 12 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a conservation forester. There is nothing similar on the market.

As Ethiopia can be combined with other East African countries, we organize tours in modules. Destinations Overview: Historical Circuit; Danakil Depression; Eastern Route; Simien Mountains; Bale Mountains; Southern Parks Safari; Gambella; Addis Ababa. BUT WAIT: if you buy your international ticket with Ethiopia Airlines, they will sell the internal flights at a price that you can't even ride the bus for. But you MUST plan it all in one package and making changes may be very costly. So let us help you plan your entire trip and book your local flights for an incredibly low price after you booked your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines!

 

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is the Ethiopian version of the Orthodox churches in Egypt, Russia and the Middle East, with about 40 - 45 million followers. The divine services of the Ethiopian Church are celebrated in the Ge'ez language, which is no longer spoken today, as it dates back to at least the fifth century; Sermons however are now held in the local language.

 

Chiseling churches out of rocks came to a climax with rock hewn churches of Lalibela, a small town now world famous for its rock hewn churches with their unique architecture. While dating of the churches is somewhat uncertain, most are believed to have been built during the reign of King Lalibela during the 12th and 13th centuries. The site is a UNESCO historical heritage site.

 

Between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, a totally new church concept was developed on the many little rocks and islands of Lake Tana. Many ancient manuscripts and precious pieces of religious art as well as royal jewelry and other representative objects were kept in their treasuries. During this period, new religious arts were developed for the decoration of the churches. Round churches with conical thatched roofs, they are quite similar to the traditional houses in the countryside. Even today, many churches are still designed after this principle. Inside they are divided into three spaces:

  1. the central circle and most holy part, the "maqdas" where the "tabot" -a replica of the stone tablet with the 10 commandments - is kept. Here only priests are allowed to enter;

  2. the inner ambulatory, surrounding the maqdas, called the "qiddist" which is used by communicants at mass; and

  3. the outer ambulatory, surrounding the qiddist, the "qene mehlet", which is accessible to anyone.

 

In all churches one is expected to take off one's shoes and some churches and monasteries are only accessible to men. The latter is particularly disappointing on some of the island-churches at Lake Tana, but fortunately, the standard excursions organized out of Bahir Dar take visitors to some wonderful churches where both sexes are welcome.

 

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Entrance of the Maryam Korkor rock hewn church in Gheralta, Tigray, Ethiopia. COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Interior of the Maryam Korkor rock hewn church in Gheralta, Tigray, Ethiopia.

Entrance of the Maryam Korkor rock hewn church in Gheralta, Tigray, Ethiopia.

 

Interior of the Maryam Korkor rock hewn church in Gheralta, Tigray, Ethiopia.

 

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Ura kidane Mihret round church at Lake Tana with thatched roof and internal adobe walls. COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Internal adobe wall with murals of Ura kidane Mihret church at Lake Tana island.

Round Ura kidane Mihret church at Lake Tana with thatched roof and internal adobe walls.

 

Internal adobe wall with murals of the round Ura kidane Mihret church at Lake Tana island.

 

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Axum Tsion Maryam Cathedral Arc of the Convent Ethiopia COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Axum, Chapel Arc of the Convent Ethiopia

Axum Tsion Maryam Cathedral Arc of the Convent Ethiopia.

 

Axum, Chapel Arc of the Convent Ethiopia.

 

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Yeha Abuna Aftse Church Tigray Ethiopia COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: 400 year old bible at Yeha Abuna Aftse Church

Yeha Abuna Aftse Church Tigray Ethiopia.

 

400 year old bible at Yeha Abuna Aftse Church.

 

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Modern Ethiopian Orthodox Church COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Debre Birhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia
COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Interior Debre Birhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Ceiling of the Debre Birhan Selassie Church in Gondar

Interior Debre Birhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia.

 

Ceiling Debre Birhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia.

 

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Saint George Rock hewn church, Lalibela, Ethiopia

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Bet Medhane Alem Church Lalibela

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Yemrehanna Kristos Church, Ethiopia

Saint George Rock hewn church, Lalibela, Ethiopia.

 

Modern Churches of Ethiopia

Yemrehanna Kristos Church, Ethiopia.

 

 

COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia COPTIC COPTIC CHURCHES OF ETHIOPIA: Octagonal-shaped Saint George Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa is an interesting example of a twentieth century Coptic Churches of Ethiopia and the second holy church after the Tsion Maryam Cathedral en Axum.

The nineteenth century Saint George Cathedral with octagonal design in Addis Ababa.

 

   

This Historical Circuit you the the majority of thse churches:

ETHIOPIA HISTORICAL PLACES MODULE

 

FLY 5 DAYS ETHIOPIA HISTORICAL PLACES FROM $890! DISCOVER ETHIOPIAN MONUMENTS & NATIONAL PARKS with professional advisor to Ethiopian Park Service

Ethiopia Historical Places by car

9 days. Price: $890 per person, minimum 4. Hotels, meals, transportation, fees, non-alcoholic beverages, tee/coffee at meals included. Minimum 2 passengers.

Ask for group discount.

Ethiopia Historical Places by plane

5 days. Price: $890 per person approximately, pending flight costs. Transportation, entry fees, meals, etc. Prices may vary depending on fluctuating air fairs. The itinerary will be adjusted according to flights Minimum 2 passengers.  Longer itineraries at additional hotel costs allow for a more relaxed program.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - BAHIR DAR, road distance ± 580km;

  1. Stop at the bridge across the Blue Nile Gorge, comparable in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA and supposedly the largest canyon of Africa;

  2. In the evening visit the Blue Nile falls if arrival before dark;

  3. Hotel in Bahir Dar.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - BAHIR DAR

  1. Morning Flight to Bahir Dar

  2. Visit Blue Nile Falls and Portuguese Bridge;

  3. Hotel in Bahir Dar.

Day 2: LAKE TANA - BLUE NILE FALLS, road distance ± 35km

  1. Day excursion by boat on Lake Tana to visit several of the famous Lake Tana churches and monasteries;

  2. Visit of the Blue Nile Falls;

  3. Sleep at Hotel.

Day 2: BAHIR DAR - GONDAR - by car

  1. Early morning half day excursion by boat on Lake Tana to visit several of the famous Lake Tana churches and the origin of the Blue Nile to watch Hippos;

  2. Afternoon drive to Gondar;

  3. Visit Royal Citadel with the palaces of 6 kings;

  4. Visit Fasimile's Bathroom;

  5. Hotel in Gondar.

Day 3: BAHIR DAR - GONDAR, road distance ± 175km

  1. The Devil's Nose Rock, is a basaltic monolith or hoodoo, located near the village of Addis Zemen, 75km north Bahir Dar on the road to Gondar. On its top is an important roost and possibly nesting place for Ruepell's and other vultures.

  2. Check in in the hotel at Gondar after which a visit to Mentewab's Dining Room (Kusquam) and/or Fasimile's Bathroom depending on available time;

  3. Hotel in Gondar.

Day 3: GONDAR - LALIBELA

  1. Time permitting Visit Mentewab's Castle very early in the morning;

  2. Morning flight to Lalibela;

  3. Church treasures museum Lalibela;

  4. Visit the Northern and Southern rock hewn church complexes;

  5. Hotel in Lalibela.

 

Day 4: GONDAR - AXUM, road distance ± 350km

  1. Early in the morning visit the City fortress with the palaces of 6 kings;

  2. Road trip to Axum;

  3. Coffee ceremony;

  4. Hotel in Axum.

Day 4 LALIBELA - AXUM

  1. Early morning excursion to the Southern Complex;

  2. Flight to Axum;

  3. Visit the Stelae compound;

  4. Visit the Tsion Mariam  Church where the Arc of the Covenant is held and the 16th century church on the same complex, which is much more interesting;

  5. Visit Emperor Kaleb's Palace;

  6. Coffee ceremony at a ceremony in a friend's home

  7. Hotel.

 

Day 5: AXUM - MEKELLE, road distance  ± 250km

  1. Visit the famous beautiful Stellae at Axum;

  2. Visit Queen Sheba's Palace (officially Dongar Palace);

  3. Gudit Stelae Field opposite the palace;

  4. Debre Liqanos Monastery;

  5. Queen Sheba's Pool (May Shum);

  6. Enzana Enscription, a 3-lingual stone describing a battle of King Enzana

  7. King Basen's Tomb;

  8. Ride to Mekelle;

  9. On the way, visit Yeha Temple;

  10. Hotel in Mekelle.

Day 5: AXUM - ADDIS ABABA

  1. Visit Queen Sheba's Palace (officially Dongar Palace);

  2. Gudit Stelae Field opposite the palace;

  3. Debre Liqanos Monastery;

  4. Queen Sheba's Pool (May Shum);

  5. Enzana Enscription, a 3-lingual stone describing a battle of King Enzana

  6. King Basen's Tomb;

  7. Flight to Addis Ababa.

 

Day 6: MEKELE - WUKRO - MEKELLE, road distance  ± 45km

  1. Visit Rock Hewn Churches in Wukro;

  2. Visit Palace Emperor Yohannes IV;

  3. Hotel in Mekelle.

 

Day 7: MEKELE - LALIBELA, road distance ± 430km

  1. Leave early in the morning for Lalibela;

  2. Church treasures museum Lalibela

  3. Hotel in Lalibela.

 

Day 8: LALIBELA - DESSIE, road distance ± 300km

  1. Visit the churches of Lalibela;

  2. Drive to Dessie;

  3. Hotel in Dessie.

 

Day 9: DESSIE - ADDIS ABABA road distance ± 340km

  1. last day of the Ethiopia Historical Places and return trip to Addis Ababa;

  2. Transfer to hotel.

 

   

Ethiopia modernizes and changes more rapidly than any other country in Africa. Many features may not be there anymore in the near future. If you want to see it the way it was for thousands of years, see it now before it has changed forever! Compose your own once-in-a-lifetime Ethiopia-Africa-Adventure from our affordable modules:

Famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit

Simien Mountains trek or car visit

Danakil Depression and Erte Ale Volcano Expedition

Awash Babile Harar Safari Tour

Ethiopia Central and Southern Parks & Tribes Safari Tour

Bale Mountains National Park and Sof Omar Caves Tour

Gambella National Park Safari

Addis Ababa City Tour & Airport Transfer

All Ethiopia modules and prices together

We designed our itineraries in such a way that you can compose a 1 to 4 weeks journey from different modules that can show you the entire country or just the parts that interest you, all depending on your personal preferences, available time and budget. Email us on your interests and we can discuss a custom program with you by phone (we have phone lines from the USA and Europe) or skype. So, weather you have a great ethnic affinity, are a birdwatcher or want to go on safari, contact us and we work out a customized program that focuses on YOUR interests.

Blue Nile Falls, EthiopiaSt. George Church, LalibelaStellas, Axum, EthiopiaTukuls, Lalibela, EthiopiaElephant bull, Babile, EthiopiaEthiopian Wolf, Bale National Park

Gelada, Simien Mountains National ParkFacilides Bathroom, Gondar, EtiopiaWabia Ibex, Simien MountainsChurch, Lake Tana, EthiopiaErica trees, Bale Mountains National Park.Facilides Castle, Gondar, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is home of Ethiopian Airlines, featuring Africa's youngest fleet of the latest intercontinental jet airplanes - including 2 Dreamliners - as well as short-distance Bombardier turboprops for affordable and reliable in-country flights servicing all major cities of Ethiopia. The best airline of Africa, will fly you non-stop from the USA and Europe to Addis Ababa. Take our 1-week Ethiopia Cultural Monuments Tour and then continue for your Kenya or Tanzania safari - or any other East African capital - thus completing your journey. IF YOU BUY YOUR INTERNATIONAL TICKET FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, YOU WILL GET MOST INTERNAL FLIGHTS FOR $40 - $70 PER LEG! BUT CHANGING AFTERWARDS IS EXPENSIVE, SO WORK OUT A SCHEDULE WITH US TO GET A FABULOUS DEAL FOR FLYING THROUGH THE COUNTRY IN STEAD OF SPENDING ENDLESS TIME ON THE ROAD!!!

 

What makes us different from so many other tour operators?

Just look at the quality of our high resolution pictures. We took them all ourselves. We have thousands of high resolution pictures on this website, that you can see enlarged by clicking on them. These pictures show that we have been everywhere in the country of your interest and really know the details. We are professional explorers and biologists with MSc and PhD.

 

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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.

This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil