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Top Choice Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Abuna Yemata Guh

There's nowhere on earth quite like Abuna Yemata Guh. Although less impressive architecturally than most, the church is spectacularly sited within a cliff face, halfway up a sheer rock pinnacle 4km west of Megab. Th…
Top Choice Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Mikael Debre Selam

This church or ‘church within a church’ has an exceptional brown-and-white, Aksumite-style facade fronting its inner rock-hewn section. The bright, modern paintings at the front and its beautiful carved arch add an …
Top Choice Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Abuna Abraham

Rectangular in shape, with six massive free-standing pillars, this large and impressive 14th-century church (also known as Debre Tsion) is known for its diverse architectural features, including decorated cupolas, b…
Top Choice Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Abraha We Atsbeha

Architecturally speaking, this 10th-century church is one of Tigray’s finest. It’s large and cruciform in shape, with cruciform pillars and well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century murals and a wonderful wooden door. S…
Top Choice Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Maryam Korkor

Although an unsightly green from the outside, this impressive, cross-shaped church is known for its architectural features (cruciform pillars, arches and cupolas), fine 17th-century frescos and church treasures. It’…
Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Maryam Papaseit

In a pretty valley south of Hawzien and signposted off the Megab-Wukro road, Maryam Papaseit is one of the most accessible and rewarding churches in the region. It's a semi-monolithic structure (only the 'Holy of Ho…
Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Medhane Alem Kesho

Also known as Adi Kesho, after its location, this is one of Tigray’s oldest, tallest and finest rock-hewn churches. Its exterior and interior walls are roughly hewn, which only makes the elaborately carved coffered …
Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Abuna Gebre Mikael

Though not visited very often, this is considered one of Gheralta’s finest churches. The cruciform plan is hewn into a dome-like rock and it has good unfaded frescoes and carefully carved columns, pillars, cupolas a…
Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Daniel Korkor

Just a couple of minutes’ walk from Maryam Korkor is the seldom-used church of Daniel Korkor. It sits atop a paralysing precipice, offers astounding views and has fine paintings.
Church in Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Abba Yohanni

Impressively located halfway up a 300m-high sheer cliff face, this church is reached by a 15-minute climb using steps, tunnels and little bridges. The crooked carving and large cracks make the three-aisled, four-bay…