Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Debre Birhan Selassi Church, Ethiopia

One of the holiest churches in Ethiopia is Debre Birhan Selassie, located in Gondar. The interior is amazing, a tour-de-force of endless painting that features great abstract work interspersed with moving religious scenes.

Debre Birhan Selassi was built by Emperor Eyasu II in the 17th century. The murals seem to date to the 18th century, perhaps a sign the church was rebuilt.

The unassuming exterior, all dressed up for the Timket festival.

Lots of socializing outside.

What the tourists come for: the fabulous interior. All those fresh faces on the ceiling are angels.

A couple more looks. Busy work and frightening scenes.
Around the church grounds, more festival bunting and a pilgrim.

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