The Monastery of Gunda Gundo

Gunda Gundo is accessed from the town of Edagahamus, 100km after Mekelle. It has an area that lies between a sheer side cliff in the west and an escarpment that drops towards the Afar depression.

From this settlement, a 24km rough road leads to Geblen, a village located on the verge of the escarpment. It houses the monastery of Gunda Gundo, which is set in peculiar land features.

The monastery has a church that bears its name, Mariam Gunda Gundo and is devoted to St Mary. The church is a combination of two old mud houses that are constructed with four cruciform pillars and twelve arches.

The monastery has a church that bears its name, Mariam Gunda Gundo, devoted to St. Mary. The church, the combination of two mud houses consists of four cruciform pillars and twelve arches.

The aging-church is well noted for its time-honored parchments, crosses and crowns. Its annual festival occurs every year on Tir 21, typically January 29th or 30th. The sanctuary, is located in the bottom of a valley, and definitely deserves a visit.

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