Abuna Yemata Guh church, Hawzen

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Must see · Church · Tourist Spot
Acclaimed to be the world's most inaccessible church, Abuna Yemata Guh church sits perched in the side of a rock spire 762 m (2,500 ft) in the air. Only the physically fit and courageous can complete the climb, which includes steep hillsides and a vertical rock face on the last stretch. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and take advantage of the rope available for the climbing portion if you are not an experienced rock climber. This trip is not recommended for travelers with a fear of heights, asit features narrow ledges and rickety bridges. Once at the small church, however, you'll experience peace and solitude. Admire the wall and dome paintings dated from the 15th and 16th centuries, and take a few minutes to view the unmatched landscape seen from this high spire. Arrange your visit to Abuna Yemata Guh church and discover more family-friendly attractions in Hawzen using our Hawzen driving holiday planner.
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  • I took a day tour to this church and it was wonderful. It takes a while to get to the mountain where you have to climb up but the scouts help you up. You can find skulls and bones from what I believe....  more »
  • I dedicated one day to the Tigray Churches but I recommend a longer tour in order to see more of them: there are over 30 churches! I decided to climb all the way to Abuna Yemata and made it with the.....  more »
  • It’s worth going through the crazy climb up to get to this beautiful church tucked away in the rock. Spiritual and quiet place with amazing views. It’s a unique experience
  • Believe everything you read here and hear from others. I have a fear of heights which I usually more than make up with my general fitness. I didn't think I would be able to do this but once there, combination of courage, will, very helpful and positive-minded priest (who ended up being my guide) helped me through. Unbelievable place.

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