Narga Selassie

Top choice christian monastery in Lake Tana & its Monasteries

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Set in the middle of the lake on Dek Island, Narga Selassie is peaceful, atmospheric and little visited. Built in the mid-18th century, it has a Gonderian influence and the fine original paintings include a portrait of Mentewab and there’s also a bas-relief of James Bruce (smoking his pipe) at the main entrance. It’s three hours by boat and a two-minute walk from the landing.