We only had time to see two of the more than 20 monastic churches on the islands and peninsulas of Lake Tana. Many of which were founded during the 14th-century rule of Amda Tsion (1315-1345). They were established in the medieval period by the monks locally referred as "The Seven Stars".
It was an hour on the "slow" boat across to the forested Zege / Zeghe Penisular which is studded with medieval churches.
First up was the circular Debre Maryam / Betre Mariam monastery. Founded by Abuna Tadiwos in the 14th century. Inside the conical thatched roof monastery were richly illuminated manuscripts of the four gospels.
Debre Maryam / Betre Mariam Monastery
Monday, December 29, 2014
Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia