Discover the Rock-hewn churches of Tigray Ethiopia
In northernmost Ethiopia, explore more of this African nation’s incredible architecture and archaeological significance.
The monolithic churches of Ethiopia’s Gheralta Mountains have been carved in some of the remotest parts of the Tigray region, and include the extraordinary and much-photographed church of St. George (bet giorgis).
It’s a strenuous trek but rewarded by one of the most spiritually satisfying things to do in Ethiopia. This rugged landscape is ‘jaw-dropping’, whichever way you look at it.
Now 1600 years later, the Gheralta region of Tigray has more than 120 of these rock-hewn churches, each with its own unique ancient murals and relics. You don’t have to be a person of faith to be moved by the way a culture has preserved its history and heritage.
With dry epic cliffs shooting straight up from a sandy desert to speckle the horizon with mystery and wonder. Gheralta will take you back in time: shepherds dressed in all white woven-cloth carrying wooden staffs, peasant homes, and farms constructed from light-colored stones, and passing camels carrying loads of salt back from Afar.
How to get to the rock-hewn churches of Tigray Ethiopia
The cheapest way to get from Addis Ababa to Tigray Region is to fly which costs $100 – $350 and takes 2 m and a transfer can be arranged from the airport to one of the lodges in the Gheralta region which is a 5 hour trip by road to the area, travelers are advised to book bespoke safaris with Wilderness Explorers Africa.
Where to stay during your visit to the rock-hewn churches of Tigray Ethiopia
There are two lodges in the Gheralta region: Gheralta Lodge and Korkor Lodge. Both are actually owned by Italian families and they are exceptional base camps for those looking at the expedition to see one of the best religious and historical tourism sites in Northern Ethiopia.
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