„Gheralta Mountains, Tigray Province, Ethiopia (Nigel Pavitt)“

from the gallery of John Warburton-Lee Photography

Ethiopia, Tigray Province, Gheralta Mountains. The rock-hewn church of Abune Yemata in the Gheralta Mountains near Guh is renowned for its truly remarkable murals. The fifteenth-century mural on its domed ceiling depicts nine of the twelve apostles who came to Ethiopia from the Mediterranean towards the end of the fifth Century ADCarved into a cliff face with a sheer drop of 800 to 1,000 feet, Abune Yemata church is reached only by a hazardous ascent with tiny footholds and irregular hand grips.

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