Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Gonder

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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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  • What a respite from the hassle of town, with ancient huge trees creating a shadow around the church. Definitely visit with a guide who will be able to tell you everything about the paintings inside. 
    What a respite from the hassle of town, with ancient huge trees creating a shadow around the church. Definitely visit with a guide who will be able to tell you everything about the paintings inside.  more »
  • I tried to visit this place together with my bf, it is 10th January 2021 today, at first when we arrived about 13-30 pm, they told us the price is 200 etb for each, and the ticket office was closed... 
    I tried to visit this place together with my bf, it is 10th January 2021 today, at first when we arrived about 13-30 pm, they told us the price is 200 etb for each, and the ticket office was closed...  more »
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  • Must be visited at-least twice just to get a grip on the depth of the historical and cultural richness
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