Monastery of Debre Mariam, Bahir Dar

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Admire the colorful murals and icons of Monastery of Debre Mariam, a thatched Ethiopian Orthodox complex built on a Lake Tana island. Founded in the mid-14th century, the monastery boasts an extravagant manuscript library with Ge'ez inscriptions on goatskin. In the 19th century, Emperor Tewodros II commissioned the present-day traditional-style structure, whose simple design houses some exquisite icon images. Friendly church deacons will explain the significance of the imagery and colors. You can access the site by either papyrus tankwa or motorboat, though the monastery's founder Abuna Tadewos Tsalalesh was reportedly able to part water in order to walk to the mainland. Look for people constructing tankwa on site. With our international travel planner, Bahir Dar attractions like Monastery of Debre Mariam can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • If you are staying in Bahir Dar, on the shores of Lake Tana, you must definitely see this monastery-several others are located on the banks of the Lake. This monastery has nothing to do with the idea that it would be made in Europe... It is not stone and is not square as one would expect. In fact, the shape of most of the monasteries in Lake Tana is circular. All the walls are painted full of colorful portraits and represent the Christian art of the region.
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  • one of the monesteris near to bahir dar on lake tana... interesting construction - ceiling visible, nice collection of artifacts  more »
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  • If you are a religious person, you should visit this church. If you are lucky you can even talk to the priests. This is one of the oldest monasteries in the region.
  • The lake is full of monasteries like this one. Each has unique artifacts and worth a visit. Many do not allow women to visit so ask before you go.
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