Ethiopia, From Churches Underground to Churches in the Sky. This is a must read. Best ever
For those of you following this blog and reading from the email, it would be better for this one to click on the link and read it directly from the site as there are some must see videos. The videos are the best part of this blog.
The landscapes of northern Tigray seem to spring from some hard-bitten African fairy tale. The luminous light bathes scattered sharp peaks that rise into the sky out of a sandy, rolling semidesert.Lonely Planet.
We meet our guides and car at 7am, have breakfast and head for the isolated Churches of Tigray which is over a three hour drive. We are primarily interested in one church, Abuna Yemata Guh. There are over 120 churches carved from cliff faces or caves and we are going to attempt to climb to the most difficult and exciting of all these churches, Emily’s choice. The monolithic place of worship is said to be the world’s most inaccessible and dangerous church, reachable only by a 45-minute to 2 hour ascent with 650 foot drop-offs at the top. YOU HAVE TO WATCH ALL OF THE VIDEOS BELOW and turn up the volume so you can hear the priest incanting. Not for the faint of heart.
You should bear in mind that all of the locals attending services here make this climb without the rope and harness. This is a link to a YouTube video on this church which is worth watching.