Mikael Imba

Rock-hewn Churches of Tigray

Of all Tigray’s rock-hewn churches, Mikael Imba, possibly dating from the 11th century, most resembles those seen at Lalibela. A three-quarter monolith, the interior is huge (16.6m wide and 9m deep) with 25 pillars (nine freestanding) holding up the 6m-high ceiling. The view from here is great. It’s 9km south of Atsbi and has an easy 20-minute ascent, which is finished with a short ladder. There’s no public transport here.

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