Tigray region, in northeastern Ethiopia is home to many churches and monasteries that reside in remote places,
making the journey to them not less enjoyable. Though officially being one of Ethiopia’s star attraction,
I haven’t seen many tourists in the rock hewn churches of Tigray.
Tigray Region (Tigrāy Kilil) is the northernmost of the nine ethnic regions (kililoch) of Ethiopia containing the homeland of the Tigray people.
It was formerly known as Region 1. Its capital is Mek'ele.
Wukro Cherkos is situated around 200m from Wukro and the most accessible church.
This crooked cruciform sandstone church is a three-quarters monolith and boasts beautiful cruciform pillars (notice the swirling sandstone laminate), cubical capitals, an outstanding Axumite frieze and a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
The Tigray-Tigrinya have a rich heritage of music and dance, using drums and stringed instruments tuned to a pentatonic scale. Arts and crafts and secular music are performed by mostly pariah artisan castes. Sacred music and iconic art is performed by monastically trained men.