Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Gonder

4.6
World heritage site · Church · Tourist Spot
Admired the beamed painted ceiling Debre Berhan Selassie Church in Gondar, the hearth of Ethiopia. Originally built in 1693 by Emperor Iyasu the Great, who received a bell from the Dutch governor of India, the present-day structures was rebuilt in the 1880s after Mahdists dervishes from Sudan had damaged it. Like many Eastern Orthodox churches, this one, too, has an unassuming stone-and-brick exterior with double-arched entrance door and two-tiered thatched roof but once you get it, angles shine on you with light and color. Interior walls and ceiling are fully covered by painted images of 123 winged faces with big eyes staring at you as well and biblical scenes and various saints. Try to find a priest if you want more details but do make a small donation upon leave. Plan to visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Gonder attractions using our Gonder tour builder.
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  • A gorgeous place of reverence. I felt the love for this place and its people walking in. It’s a must see when in this area. Thanks to our Guide Sammie Don't hesitate to email him for a guide...  more »
  • This church is home to the famous murals and ceiling of painted angels. It is beautiful and engrossing. We also liked the birds on the park-like grounds.  more »
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  • An ancient and beautiful church with full of wall and roof painting known for its second Gondarian style. The biblical scenes are vividly remarkable and the interior paintings cover the walls and ceilings in richly applied red, blue and golden hues. Subjects include the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, seated above Christ on the Cross. There are a lot of stories attached with these paintings. It is an Stone building
  • Colorful historic church of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity in Gondar. The paintings on the ceiling are superb

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