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Abreha We Atsbeha Church

A newly built gravel road leads to the church of Abreha We Atsebha, which is situated 15 km west of Wukro.


The church is cut into the red rock overlooking the valley and stands out with its white painted facade and tall blue doors. Its interior is decorated with splendid post-17th century mural paintings depicting biblical scenes. The most valuable treasure is a prayer cross which belonged to Furmentius, Ethiopia’s first bishop. The church is the largest and the most impressive of Tigray’s rock churches and is dedicated to the brothers Abreha and Atsebha, former kings of Axum, who are said (dispite historical evidence) to have adopted Christianity in the 4th century.

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