Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Debre Damo

Debre Damo

The ancient monastery of Debre Damo, dating back to the early Axumite era and is said to be oldest existing intact church in its original style in Ethiopia, Is found about 80 kilometers from the city of Axum. Tradition has it that the monastery was found by one of the saints of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Aregawi one of the nine Saints, in the six century.

The beam and ceiling of the ancient church, around which the monastery is built, are beautifully decorated with carved panels depicting various animals and artwork depicting the legend of the monastery foundation by Abune Aregawi. The monastery of Debre Damo not allowed for women to visit and can only be reached by rope pulley.

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