Abreha and Atsbeha Church
Abreha and Atsbeha Church
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Howard H
Bangor, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Road to Abreha we Atsbeha is being constructed, so rough in places. Takes 45 mins from Wukro. Interior of church is stunningly decorated with frescoes and carving. Small but interesting museum attached. Local children sell fossil brachiopods to visitors. Saturday is market day, very colourful.
Written 28 March 2020
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Christoph
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
During a day trip I was able to visit have two of the most impressive churches in the region that are very close to each other as well - Abrha we Atsbha and Abuja Yemata Guh. If you start early you will also be able to accommodate another visit to Maryam Kokor!

I was guided by Kidane who knows tons of the history of the rock-hewn churches - I am sure I would not have spent so much time in the churches were it not to his knowledge about them! He can be contacted through kidanegebru31@gmail.com and +251945063854, and I was lucky that he was available for the tour within a day of notice. After the tour he also showed me a local restaurant and coffee bar in Wukro, which was a nice end to a phenomenal day if you want to get a glimpse of the local town life as well.
Written 10 January 2020
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africanman_840
Nairobi, Kenya4,584 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is supposed one of the finest churches in Tigrai, but I didn't find it terribly interesting. I think that a visitor could probably get the feel of the place in an hour or so.
I must say that the mosaics on the interior walls of the church were beautiful.
Written 26 December 2019
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Nastia
Budapest, Hungary13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
The rocky church is easily accessible from Wukro. Beautifully situated, mystical interior. On the outskirts of the main road.
Written 1 August 2019
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Joerg Lehmann
Berlin, Germany21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
We visited three churches in the Gheralta cluster: Abreha we Atsbeha, Abuna Abraham Debre Tsion, and the Dugem Selassie churches. We started our trip from Wukro, where we were picked up by our driver with a minibus. After little more than an hour (there was construction work on the road) we reached Abreha we Atsbeha, which is an easy-to-access church in cruciform, beautifully carved and richly painted - it is definitely worth a visit. Afterwards, we proceeded to the Abuna Abraham Debre Tsion church. It can be reached by a walk which takes about an hour; you need to manage a steep hike which brings you to the summit and the church. My father, who is more than 80 years old, managed it with the help of two accompanying boys, and we were rewarded with the incredible view around the fantastic Gheralta escarpment and the absolutely impressive monastic cliff church, carved into the red sandstone. The church itself is quite large, decorated by paintings, and it can be surrounded by a tall, deep rock-hewn passage which also leads to a decorated cell with an impressive relief. After having returned to the minibus, we drove to the village Selassie and visited the small but nice rock-hewn churches over there. Finally, we drove to Hawzien, where we stayed in the pleasant Vision Hotel, built around a green courtyard.
This day trip was organized by the knowledgeable and experienced guide Redae Tesfay, who is based in Mekele; his phone numbers are +251 9 45 79 47 94 or +251 920 75 00 09. We had altogether three trips organized by him: The first one to the Teka Tesfay cluster north of Wukro, the second to the Gheralta cluster described here, and a third one to rock-hewn churches in the Tembien. The trips organized by him included a minibus including driver, fuel, entrance fees to all churches and a local guide. Meals and tips for the priest or accompanying helpers are not included. We can recommend Redae Tesfay as an organizer as well as a guide.
Written 10 March 2019
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Bisrat T
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Going through Gheralta mountains Is the most exciting and at times scary trip you can make in Ethiopia. Abrha and Atsbeha church is one of the old churches you can visit in the Gheralta mountain systems. Climbing up to Abune Yemata monastery is the most thrilling part of the trip. You will climb 7 meters of vertical rock either using a rope or your own hands and legs. Very dangerous and very scary. But, once you are on top, the breathtaking view is mind blowing. Because you will be walking on the edge of a huge cliff, the experience is a very unique combination of fear and excitement. MUST VISIT. Our guide in Gheralta was Gebrehiwot (Gebre in short). His number is +251 91 420 5694 . He is very very very good guide with great knowledge and experience about the area. He is very kind, helpful and accommodating. The food his cooks serve is also very good. Please use him when traveling in Tigray.
Written 9 March 2018
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Dr Raymond D
Tamworth, Australia388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This church, like many others in Ethiopia, has many brightly coloured icons and paintings. However it is small. A local priest ws helpful in explaining the icons
Written 13 October 2017
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Merhaba_11
Germany13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
We visited the church during a service and therefore decided to walk out immediately without having a further look. While we backed out to the courtyard a monk followed us and claimed we should pay 250 ETB each. I had visited the church a couple of month earlier and was surprised about the fee and while I was trying to confirm the price another monk threatened my German friends with a stone that he aimed at her temple. I urged my friends to leave the courtyard and found myself a minute later as a hostage, locked in the monastery's courtyard - unfortunately without any network to call someone. There was not a moment we were not willing to pay the fee - but just to confirm the new, skyrocketed price. In the end I payed the 750 ETB for a 3 minute "visit" of the church - and a lifelong poor remembrance of Ethiopian monks delivering violence instead of Christian love.
Written 13 March 2017
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Jackie H
Swindon, UK266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
This church is dedicated to the twin Kings of Axum and is said to be the most beautiful rock hewn church in Tigray. It dates back to the 10th century and is decorated with pictures of biblical scenes that date from the 17th century. It also has many important relics. A service was actually taking place when we visited and we were allowed to stay and watch. This is quite unusual apparently and our guide was even surprised. It was an interesting and fascinating experience.
Written 24 February 2017
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ethiodemet
Gerstetten, Germany30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
Unfortunately the church increased the entrance fee. 250 ETB per person is definitely too much. Especially if you ask, ehat the money is used for, you do not get an answer. What has been really bad is, that the responsible priest disappears, when he sees foreigners coming, waits, until they put off their shoes and enter i.to the church and then the guard removes the shoes until you have payed. They even used their sticks.... a real shameful behaviour and not a good advertisement at all. There are many other churches in the area, better visit one of them!
Written 9 January 2017
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