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Bahir Dar - Hosting the Source of Blue Nile , lake Tana and Tis Abay


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The town of Bahir Dar (meaning sea shore by the local language Amharic) is located in north western Ethiopia on the shores of Lake Tana. It came into prominence in the 18th C. as a commercial destination for trade caravans to and from Gondar and the surrounding area.

Bahir Dar is one of the leading tourist destinations in Ethiopia with a variety of attractions in the nearby Lake Tana and Blue Nile river. The city is distinctly known for its wide avenues lined with palm trees and a variety of colorful flowers. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful, well planned, and safest cities by many standards, and in 2002 it was awarded UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize for managing to address the challenges of rapid urbanization.
Today, it is one of the most attractive towns in Ethiopia and serves as a celebrated tourist destination. It hosts the fabled Blue Nile falls, the beautiful highland Lake Tana and 14th-century island monastic churches.

The Blue Nile Falls

The Blue Nile Falls are one of the greatest falls in Africa. It is located in Ethiopian plateau, passing the Blue Nile River.

This waterfall is also known as Tis Issat meaning smoking water, as the continuous dropping of water creates a smoke-like bounce of water droplets.

The Blue Nile Falls has an enormous height of 37 to 45 meters or around 150 feet and its width is estimated at about half a mile. Watching the river water drop down the waterfalls is truly breathtaking.

Blue nile fall

Lake Tana

Lake Tana is famous mostly as the source of the Blue Nile and as the largest lake of Ethiopia and one of the highest large lakes in the world. At the same time, Lake Tana is also renowned for its monasteries which can be found directly on its shores, on peninsulas and on the many islands scattered all over the lake.

Lake Tana monasteries
There are 37 islands that are scattered about the surface of Lake Tana, out of which some 20 shelter churches and monasteries of immense historical and cultural interest.

These churches are decorated with beautiful paintings and house innumerable treasures. Because of their isolation they were used to store art treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country.

Access for some of the churches is closed to women, although they are allowed to land on the banks of the island but not permitted to proceed further.

However women are permitted to visit churches on Zeghne Peninsula and nearby church of Ura Kidane Mehret, as well as Narga Sellassie.

Kebran Gabrie l: is renowned for a magnificent manuscript to the Four Gospels which is believed to date back to at least the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century.

Ura Kidane Mehret : is more decorative with a huge, conical thatched roof is painted with scenes from Biblical lore.

Daga Istifanos : is considered one of the most sacred on Lake Tana, and said to have served as a temporary hiding place for the Ark of the Covenant. On this stands the church of Saint Stifanos which houses the Holly Madonna painted around 1434. The real historic interest lies in its treasury where there are glass-sided coffins containing the mummified remains of several of the former emperors of Ethiopia.

Tana Cherkos : this ancient monastery is found on the eastern shore of Lake Tana. Tradition tells us that St. Mary rested here under a wall during her flight to Egypt, and stayed for three months and ten days. The monks claim that they owned a necklace which she left when she departed.

It is also said that the monastery was a sacred place of the Jews. Menelik
I and the Jewish nobles, after fleeing from King Solomon, brought the Ark
of the covenant to this monastery and built a temple over it, which was
decorated with precious stones. Six hundred years later, the Ark was brought to Axum.

Lake tana monastry


Kibran Gebre church picture


picture at Azuma mariam Monastry on lake Tana



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