Asheton Maryam Monastery + Hiking, Lalibela, Ethiopia

An exciting hiking trail

The church or monastry of Asheton Maryam lies at an altitude of nearly 4000m high above the town of Lalibela. The church is carved out of a cleft into a cliff face.

 

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Yemrehanna Krestos Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia

“The church of Yemrehanna Krestos is one of Ethiopia’s best-preserved late Axumite churches, and is named for a twelfth-century Zagwe priest-king and saint. It is located inside a large natural cavern on a hill in northern Ethiopia, set in a spectacular landscape of juniper trees, predating the famous nearby rock-hewn churches of Lalibela by almost a century.”

https://www.wmf.org/project/yemrehanna-kristos

 

 

 

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Holy Trinity Cathedral, known in Amharic as Kidist Selassie, is the highest ranking Orthodox cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was built to commemorate Ethiopia’s liberation from Italian occupation and is the second most important place of worship in Ethiopia, after the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Trinity_Cathedral_(Addis_Ababa)

 

Vank Catherdral, Isfahan, Iran

Holy Savior Cathedral (Armenian: Սուրբ Ամենափրկիչ Վանք, Surp Amenaprgich Vank; Persian: کلیسای وانک or آمنا پرکیج, Kelisa-ye Vank or Amenapergich‎‎; ), also known as Vank Cathedral and The Church of the Saintly Sisters, is a cathedral in Isfahan, Iran. Vank means “monastery” or “convent” in the Armenian language.

Construction is believed to have begun in 1606 by the first arrivals,[2] and completed with major alterations to design between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David. The cathedral consists of a domed sanctuary, much like a Persian mosque, but with the significant addition of a semi-octagonal apse and raised chancel usually seen in western churches. The cathedral’s exteriors are in relatively modern brickwork and are exceptionally plain compared to its elaborately decorated interior.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vank_Cathedral

Wonder of Iran : http://www.payvand.com/news/10/aug/1217.html

 

Chora Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

“The mosaics and frescoes in the Chora are the most beautiful examples dating from the last period of the Byzantine painting (14th century). The characteristic stylistic elements in those mosaics and frescoes are the depth, the movements and plastic values of figures and the elongation of figures.

After continuing to serve as a church following the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the building was converted into a mosque in 1511 by Vizier Hadim Ali Pasha. It was converted into a museum in 1945, and during the restoration in 1948-1959 carried out by the Byzantine Institute of America, the mosaics and frescoes were uncovered and brought to the daylight.”

http://www.choramuseum.com/chora-church/

Opening hours :

  • 9:00 – 19:00 from Apr 15
  • 9:00 – 17:00 from Oct 1

Admission fee :

  • 15 TL

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