Ethiopia has a lot of ancient historical sites. Some of the earliest Christian sites are in Ethiopia. The Zege Peninsula has several monasteries and churches, among them the Ura Kidane Mehret church, dating to the 16th century. The Arc of the Covenant is said to have been stored there for about 400 years before it was moved to Aksum.

Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile, the major source of the Nile.

Following are pictures from Zege Peninsula in Lake Tana.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Ura Kidane Mehret church

From Wikipedia entry for Ura Kidane Mehret: Ura Kidane Mehret is a church of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located on the Zege peninsula in Lake Tana of Ethiopia. It is part of the complex of the Convent of Mercy. At least one author considers it the most attractive church in the Lake Tana region.

The convent was founded in the 14th century by the saint Betre Mariyam (Amharic "Rod of Mary"), although the present circular church dates from the 16th century. Its interior is decorated with numerous murals painted between 100 and 250 years ago; subjects include Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam and his followers. The most significant were painted by Alaqa Engida during the reign of Emperor Menelik II. The church has its treasury in a nearby outbuilding, which contains the richly embroidered robes of Negus Tekle Haymanot and his wife Laqetch Gegre Mehdin, as well as the crowns of Emperor Yohannes IV, Emperor Tewodros II, Negus Tekle Haymanot, and Emperor Tekle Giyorgis.

Ura Kidane Mehret Church
Ura Kidane Mehret church. (849k)
Inside Ura Kidane Mehret
Inside the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (891k)
Inside Ura Kidane Mehret
Inside the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (985k)
Inside Ura Kidane Mehret
Inside the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula, with ceremonial drums. (953k)
Paintings Ura Kidane Mehret
Paintings in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (1052k)
Painting Ura Kidane Mehret
Painting in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (1072k)
Painting Ura Kidane Mehret
Painting in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (998k)
Painting Ura Kidane Mehret
Painting in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula, showing St. George slaying the dragon. (1071k)
Painting Ura Kidane Mehret
Painting in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (710k)
Painting Ura Kidane Mehret
Painting in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (1011k)
Painting Ura Kidane Mehret
Painting in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (957k)
Painting Ura Kidane Mehret
Painting in the Ura Kidane Mehret church on the Zege peninsula. (1201k)
Monastery Buildings Thick Walls
One of the monastery buildings. The thick walls are made of mud and Teef strew (one of the local grains). (839k)
Inside Monastery Building
Inside the monastery building. (669k)
Ethiopian Orthodox Cross Monastery
Ethiopian Orthodox cross in the monastery building. This is an Aksum style cross. (742k)
Illustrated Book 14th Century
Illustrated book from the 14th century in the monastery building. (664k)
9th Century Book Monastery
9th century book in the monastery building. (704k)
Wooden Storage Vessel Beer
Wooden storage vessel for beer in the monastery building. (791k)

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