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S: Ethiopia Part 1 (Addis Ababa & Northern Ethiopia) October 2011

FC: Ethiopia Part 1 (Addis Ababa & Northern Ethiopia) Photographs by Paul A Gitman

1: Addis Ababa | St George Cathedral

2: Lion of Judah Monument | Derg Monument. | Monument of Emperor Menelik

3: Merkato. Probably the largest market in Africa

4: Shanty town that is being relocated | Scaffolding made of wood | Rahman Mosque

5: National Theater | Statue outside National Theater | Railroad Station

6: Meskel Square, the parade ground | Churchill Avenue

7: Street scenes

8: Parliament

9: People of Addis

10: Driving north of Addis Ababa

11: Blue Nile Gorge | Blue Nile is the longest river in Africa. While the White Nile is the longer of the two streams that join in Khartoum to create the Nile proper, it is the Blue Nile that contributes about 85 percent of the water.

12: Common Baboon

14: Gelada Baboon (Red breasted)

16: Common modes of transportation

17: Different methods to carry heavy loads

18: Debre Libanos. Founded in the thirteenth century by Saint Tekle Haymanot, the monastery's chief abbot was the second most powerful official in the Ethiopian Church after the Abuna. No original buildings of Debre Libanos survive.

19: Portuguese bridge near Tis Issat - Blue Nile Falls

20: Blue Nile Falls

23: Suspension Bridge over Blue Nile | Red Bishop | Long Crested Eagle

24: Blue Nile Falls area

25: Ura Kidrane Mihret (14th Century) Monastery, Lake Tana

26: Ura Kidrane Mihret (14th Century) Monastery, Lake Tana

27: Azwa Mariam Monastery (14th century), Lake Tana

28: Sunset, Lake Tana, Bahir Dar

30: Bahir Dar, and Lake Tana

31: Carrying the sick and the deceased

32: Road from Bahir Dar to Gondar

33: Road from Bahir Dar to Gondar. Below "God's Thumb

34: Road from Bahir Dar to Gondar

35: Gondar, Guzara Castle

36: Gondar, Kite | Birds of Gondar

37: Gondar. Imperial Palace enclosure | Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilides around the year 1635, and grew as an agricultural and market town. Emperor Fasilides built his castle and a total of seven churches in Gondar.The five emperors who followed him also built their palaces in the town.

40: Gondar, Castle of Fasilades built during reign of Emperor Fasilades (1632-1667). A two-storied palace which is built of roughly hewn brown basalt stones held together with mortar.

41: Emperor Yohannes I (son of Fasilades) Library, Imperial Palace Enclosure | Chancellery, Imperial Palace Enclosure | Gondar, Castle of Lyasu the Great, Imperial Palace Enclosure

42: Two-storied palace of Empress Mentewab, Imperial Palace Enclosure | Gondar, ruin in Imperial Palace enclosure

43: The Debre Birhan Selassie (Trinity and Mountain of Light) Church in Gondar is famed for its beautiful examples of Ethiopian church art. Built by an emperor and preserved by an archangel, it is also among the most important churches of Ethiopia. | When the Mahdist Dervishes of the Sudan sacked the city of Gondar in 1888, they burned down every church in the city except Debre Birhan Selassie. According to local legend, when the Mahdist soldiers approached the church, a swarm of bees descended on the compound of the church and kept the soldiers back, and the Archangel Michael himself stood before the large wooden gates with a flaming sword drawn.

44: Gondar, Bath of Emperor Fasilades

45: Gondar, Empress Mentewab's Palace and the Church of Kuskuam within the compound

46: Gondar, Castle | Imperial Palace Complex from hotel balcony

47: Sunset, Gondar

48: Sunset, Gondar

50: Old Synagogue | Falasha village, North of Gondar. Jews in Ethiopia call themselves Beta Israel which means `house of Israel.' They are also known as the Falashas. Falasha means `stranger' or `immigrant' in the classical language of Ethiopia (the Ge'ez tongue). No Jews have remained in the village

51: Driving to the Simien Mountains

52: Cattle Market, Simien Mountains

53: Simien Mountains

54: Simien Mountains, Gelada Baboons

56: Simien Mountains

57: Sunrise Simien Lodge (Alt 10,700 ft)

58: Driving across the Simien mountains

59: Monument to Italians who lost lives building the road. Below, remains of vehicle that did not make all the turns

60: Driving across the Simien Mountains

61: Driving across the Simien Mountains

62: Driving across the Simien Mountains

63: Driving across the Simien Mountains

64: Road construction driving across the Simien Mountains

65: Road to Axum

66: Road to Axum

67: Road to Axum

68: Axum, Stelae marking graves. The larger the Stela, the more important the person. False windows and doors are characteristic

70: Axum, Stelae Park. Marking on Stela thought to represent Ark of Covenant

71: Excavations revealed remnants of a 10th century BC palace buried under the later day palace of a Christian king | Axum, Quarry thought to be site from where the stones used to build Palace of Queen of Sheba. | The Queen of Sheba's Palace. The Queen of Sheba was born in Axum, journeyed to Jerusalem, and married King Solomon and had a son named Menelik. When Menelik returned to Ethiopia and became its first Emperor it is said that he brought the original Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia.

72: Axum, Graves marked by stelae outside of the Palace of Queen Sheba | Axum. The Queen of Sheba's Palace. Can see cutouts which housed supporting columns

73: Axum, Enda Lyesus church with pictures denoting events in Old Testament

74: Axum, New Church of St Mary of Zion, and painting inside the church depicting procession with the Ark of the Covenant

75: It is believed that the Ark of the Covenant has been placed in this new church. To right, priest responsible for guarding the Ark | Old Church of St Mary of Zion

76: Axum, King Ezana's inscription dates from between 330 AD and 350 AD. Pillar is inscription in three languages that gives thanks to God for conquests in Saudi Arabia and it is believed to be from the time of King Ezana. A curse is contained within the inscription "the person who moves this stone will meet an untimely death" and so it remains exactly where it was found by a farmer in the 1980s. | Axum, Palace and Tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD)

77: Axum, Piazza old town | Constant dust

78: Axum

79: Axum, Tawny Eagle

80: Yellow Weaver | Greater Blue-Eared Glossy Starling

81: Greater Blue-Eared Glossy Starling | Yellow Weaver | White Winged Cliff Chat

82: Speckled Mouse Bird | Greater Blue-Eared Glossy Starling | White Billed Starling

83: Lalibela, Bet Medhane Alem. Largest rock-hewn church in the world. It is carved out of a single block of stone.

84: Bet Medhane Alem. View of inside the church | Bet Maryam. Courtyard

85: Bet Maryam.

86: Bet Golgotha | Twin churches of Bet Golgotha & Bet Mikael. Bet Mikael serves as an anteroom to the Selassie Chapel, one of Lalibela's holiest sanctuaries. It contains three monolithic altars. One is decorated with a beautiful relief of four winged creatures with their hands held up in prayer; it's thought to represent the four evangelists.

87: Passage between churches

88: Bet Amanuel

89: Bet Abba Libanos | Bet Gabriel

90: Bet Giyorgis

91: Bet Giyorgis | Carved from the rock in the early thirteenth century, it is the most well known and last built of the eleven churches in the Lalibela area, and has been referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". The dimensions of the complex are 25 meters by 25 meters by 30 meters,

92: Drums used during services | Lalibela, example of typical two story home

93: Sunset Lalibela

95: People of Lalibela

96: Church of Yemrehanna Kristos. People coming to the Festival

97: Church of Yemrehanna Kristos Festival

98: Church of Yemrehanna is unique in the area because it was built rather than excavated. It likely predates Lalibela’s more famous churches by at least 80 years. The whole church sits on a foundation of carefully laid olive-wood panels which “float” it perfectly above the marshy ground below.The whole complex sits within a cave roofed by basalt lava flows.

99: Building for preparation for communion with example of painted wall | Church of Yemrehanna Kristos

100: Inside of Church of Yemrehanna Kristos. Holy of Holies open during the festival.

101: Church of Yemrehanna Kristos. People coming to the Festival

102: Church of Yemrehanna Kristos, People going home after the Festival

103: Lalibela, Local Bar | Lalibela, local hotel (not ours)

104: Lalibela, Na'akuto La'ab rock hewn church

105: Lalibela, recent car crash, two passengers both of which had minimal injuries. Below towns people running to see if they could help

106: People of Lalibela

107: Lalibela, sunset. Next stop Southern Ethiopia

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  • Title: Ethiopia Part 1
  • Addis Ababa and Northern Ethiopia
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