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Ethiopian Orthodox Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 4 Ethiopian Orthodox sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant
    Axum, Ethiopia
    The biblical Ark of the Covenant mysteriously disappeared from Jerusalem sometime before Christ. But Ethiopians and some western theorists know exactly where it is: enshrined in this chapel in Axum.
  • Bahar Dar
    Ethiopia
    Bahar Dar is the site of several lakeside, straw-hut Ethiopian Orthodox monasteries decorated with colorful Christian art and topped with ostrich eggs.
  • Debre Birhan Selassie Church
    Gondar, Ethiopia
    Located in the historical city of Gondar, this Ethiopian Orthodox church is famed for its colorful murals in the unique Ethiopian style.
  • Lalibela
    Lalibela, Ethiopia
    Lalibela is a sacred city for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, and is home to 11 remarkable rock-carved churches dating from the 12th century.