Abreha We Atsbeha

Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Abraha Atsbeha, Tigray, Ethiopia
Time to hit the road so at 9 am after getting right up to date again with my uploading of photos with this morning really fast internet connection compared to last night slow and at times erratic connection back at Lalibela.

I kind of knew that I was sitting on the wrong side of the bus today with the sun coming in on my side.

Leaving Mekelle and as it was Christmas Day and a holy day, the city was literally deserted and felt like a ghost town.

Stopped at an unofficial scenic view point looking back on Mekelle before heading north.

I will remember (not) Ethiopia for the fine sand particles that gets in literally everywhere. Not good for the locals whose houses are beside the road or when they are walking along it.

At Wukro, turning west our first stop was Abreha We Atsbeha, a semi-monolithic church that juts out of a face of rock. Inside it is most famous for its murals on the walls and the ceiling depicting the entire history of the Ethiopian church.

We were lucky to witness a local couple renewing their 10th wedding wows in the church.

Then the priest brought out and showed us their holy treasures.

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