12 pictures of Ethiopia's living churches that will melt your heart
As one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, Ethiopia has a legacy of churches and monasteries, built on hilltops or hewn out of cliff faces, as well as vibrant traditions of worship. See how incredible the churches are and the level of the people's spirituality through the following pictures as featured on The Guardian.

4. Debre Damo, a flat-topped mountain in northern Ethiopia, is one of the country’s most important centres of Christianity. This small, modern church is built in front of the grotto where Aragawi – one of the nine saints

Debre Damo, a flat-topped mountain in northern Ethiopia, is one of the country’s most important centres of Christianity. This small, modern church is built in front of the grotto where Aragawi – one of the nine saints

5. The interior of Abuna Gebre Mikael church located in the Gheralta mountains has two aisles and a central nave and its intriguing Gondarine frescoes are late 18th- or early 19th-century.

The interior of Abuna Gebre Mikael church located in the Gheralta mountains  has two aisles and a central nave and its intriguing Gondarine frescoes are late 18th- or early 19th-century.

6. Also in the Gheralta mountains, Yohannes Maequddi church is the last of the great painted basilicas of Tigray. It is carved out of an outcrop of white sandstone atop a mountain that rises 230 metres from the valley floor.

Also in the Gheralta mountains, Yohannes Maequddi church is the last of the great painted basilicas of Tigray. It is carved out of an outcrop of white sandstone atop a mountain that rises 230 metres from the valley floor.



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