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ETHIOPIA


Location - North East Africa; Capital - Addis Ababa; Population - 78 million; Currency - Ethiopia Birr MORE ETHIOPIA

I spent 4 weeks in Ethiopia and Djibouti in the Winter of 2006, flying to Addis Ababa.

 

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eth1Walking towards the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa. The body of Haile Selassie was reburied here in 2000 in a procession that included Bob Marley's widow.

Click here for more about Tafari Makonnen, who became the Emperor Haile Selassie.

 

 

 

 

eth2The Holy Trinity, or Kiddist Selassie Cathedral - Addis Ababa

 

 

eth4The grounds of Addis Ababa University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth9A chance to see how green and mountainous parts of northern Ethiopia really are, from the flight to Axum

 

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eth12Shops along the main street in Axum (also known as Aksum), northern Ethiopia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth13Waiting for the boss to eat lunch - Axum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth14Axum is known for its ancient granite stelae, built in honour of the various kings of the Axumite Empire around 300-500 AD

 

 

eth17Currently the tallest erect stele at 23 metres, it is accredited to King Ezana - Axum

 

 

eth18Sitting at the base of the stele, built from a single block of granite - Axum

 

Read more on the Axumite Empire here

For more about the Axum stelae, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth19This collapsed stele is the largest in Axum, which would measure over 33 metres if standing.

The St Mary of Zion church is in the background, left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth29Paintings of a black and white Virgin Mary in the Fasilidas church, St Mary of Zion compound, Axum

 

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eth26The building where the elusive Ark of the Covenant is said to be housed is in the same complex as the St Mary of Zion church - you won't get much closer than this! Axum

 

 

eth27The Ark of the Covenant contains the Ten Commandments - Axum

A history of the church of St Mary of Zion here

Read more about the Ark of the Covenant here

 

 

 

 

An investigation into the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant

 

 

eth21A lovely family make Ethiopian coffee the traditional way in their home in Axum

 

 

eth22More of the family - brother and sister in Axum

 

 

eth23On the outskirts of Axum is a site known as the Queen of Sheba's Palace, though it's highly unlikely to have anything to do with her

Michael Wood of the BBC provides an explanation of the Queen of Sheba here

Wikipedia's webpage on the Queen of Sheba here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth24Opposite the Palace is the Queen of Sheba's collapsed stele, said to mark the grave of the Makeda, the Queen of Sheba - Axum.
Again this is thought to be historically incorrect (to say the least..)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth25Protection for sapling trees on the streets of Axum

 

 

eth20Walking past the Axum stelae

 

 

eth31King Ezana's Park, Axum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth32Locals filling up with water at the Queen of Sheba's Pool in Axum.
Also known as Mai Shum, the attachment to the Queen is again tenuous, and more likely dates to the 15th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful scenery on the trail to Debre Liqanos Monastery, Axum

 

 

eth39The view from Debre Liqanos monastery, Axum

 

 

eth42The bus trip to Lalibela.
Lalibela is the site of the magnificent rock-hewn churches dating to the 10th-13th century Zagwe dynasty.
King Lalibela was a Zagwe ruler from the 12th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth42aBet Medhane Alem is the world's largest monolithic rock-hewn church at Lalibela

 

More about the Lalibela churches here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth44The walls of Bet Medhane Alem, Lalibela

 

 

eth47A tunnel leads to three more Lalibela churches

 

 

eth51A courtyard in Lalibela's north west cluster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth49Doors, alleyways, tunnels and steps make up the labyrinth that is Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth50A priest with cross at Bet Danaghel church, Lalibela

 

 

eth53aLalibela's churches have been carved out of the surrounding rock

 

 

eth54Priests gather around Lalibela's north west cluster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth61Preparing to enter Bet Debre Sina, Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth64A local weaver in Lalibela

 

 

eth66The cross shaped roof of Bet Giyorgis - Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth68aBet Giyorgis is almost 15 metres in height, and lies apart from the rest of the Lalibela churches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth75At the base of Bet Giyorgis church, Lalibela

 

 

eth77Leave your shoes at the entrance - Bet Giyorgis, Lalibela

 

 

eth76Bet Giyorgis (St George), Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth72Perching a little too close to the edge at Bet Giyorgis, Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth78Drinking tej, a potent alcoholic brew made from honey, in an incense filled Lalibela tej house

 

 

eth79Anyone for coffee? Lalibela

 

 

eth107The main street in Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth108Priests gather for a ceremony in Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth82The village area on the Lalibela slopes. Lalibela lies at over 2600 metres altitude

 

 

eth81bTraditional mud-brick houses in Lalibela village

 

 

eth83A distant view of Bet Gebriel-Rafael, part of the south east cluster of Lalibela's churches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth86Bet Gebriel-Rafael church, Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth90Take a torch for this pitch black tunnel to the next few churches (there's other ways of getting to them if you don't fancy this route) - Lalibela

 

 

eth91And you'll pop up here - Lalibela

 

 

eth95Inside Bet Lehem, Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth97Bet Emanuel church, Lalibela

 

 

eth99A superb view looking down on Bet Emanuel, Lalibela

 

 

eth100A natural trench forms a path within Lalibela's south east cluster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth89a Lalibela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eth101Bet Abba Libanos, Lalibela

 

 

eth103A priest inside Bet Abba Libanos displays 2 crosses, Lalibela

 

 

eth106Workers outside Bet Abba Libanos weed Lalibela's vegetation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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