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"Aksum, rock-hewn church" Top 5 Page for this destination Ethiopia Things to Do Tip by sachara

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  Aksum, rock-hewn church
by sachara

In Ethiopia you can find three types of rock-hewn churches. The most famous are the churches in and around Lalibela, totally hewn out of the rocks.

In the Tigray, in the area between Adrigat and Mekele, you can find the second type, churches, half hewn out of the rocks.

The church here in Aksum is of the third type. It's the contra mould with the churches in Lalibela. To enter the church, you have to descend in this cross-shaped hole in the rocks, to reach the entrance-door of the church. The whole church is underground, so you don't see anything, even at a short distance of the place.

This church is not mentioned in the guidebooks either. So you have to ask somebody to show you the place.

For more information have a look at my Aksum page.

Directions: This church is 2KM north east of Aksum. Take the track along the Queen Sheba's Bath.

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  • Updated Jun 26, 2004
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