Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pilgrimage Churches in the Mountains of Ethiopia

The website of the BBC has posted some very beautiful photos from their correspondents’ visit to the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, a region which, as they note, bears no small resemblance to parts of the southwestern United States. High up in the Gheralta Mountains are a number of churches carved directly into the rock, many of which are frescoed, and well preserved because of their remoteness. The church to which the monk in the third picture here is making his way is a popular pilgrimage destination for new mothers to give thanks for the successful delivery of a child. You can see the complete photoset with commentary by clicking here.

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