Azwa Mariam Monastery, Bahir Dar

Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Based on an island on Lake Tana, Azwa Mariam Monastery serves as a small monastery known for its paintings that share biblical stories. Explore the interior panels of colorful murals, and hire a tour guide if you want more information and detailed stories about each painting. To reach this attraction, you'll need to hire a boat across the lake and pay a fee to enter. Also be aware that many vendors here will try to sell you souvenirs, and women may or may not be able to enter the monastery. Using our world travel planner, Bahir Dar attractions like Azwa Mariam Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This round church with a thatched roof can be reached about 15 min walk from the boat port through path where the vendors selling souvenirs of handcraft along. The interior of this church, like Ura.....  more »
  • The Monastery is well worth a visit and the artwork is beautiful and surprising to see in such a remote location. I don't know if it is reachable by land from Bahir Dar, but we took a nice boat ride.....  more »
  • Nice murals paintings, like the other monasteries on the peninsula. Strange that we were asked to pay 300 birrs for “guiding” at the beginning and then did not have a guide at all to explain anything inside on this site, unlike the others... Peaceful place that would be even better without the 50 salers that harass you to buy stuff on your way to the monastery.
  • Beautiful, most people don't come near, but it's worth coming. He has paintings just as pretty as Ura Kidane, though not as old.
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