Bahir Dar and lake Tana

Bahir Dar and lake Tana

Bahir Dar, “the gate to the sea”, is a pleasant city on the bank of lake Tana, where, according to the local tradition, the source of the Blue Nile is located. Lake Tana is 9,600 square metres in size and the largest lake in Ethiopia. Its 37 islands house some twenty secluded monasteries, bearing witness to an ancient mystical tradition. Many of these antique monasteries are decorated with magnificient paintings and frescoes from the heyday of the Gondar era. In addition, the monasteries contain artistic and religious objects from all over Ethiopia, which were brought there over the course of the centuries in order to protect them from invading forces.
According to legend, the Ark of the Covenant itself was housed in the church of Tana Qirqos during the return voyage of Menelik I, along the road from Jerusalem to Aksum.

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