Tankwa Ethiopia Tours

The rock hewn churches of Tigray

tigrayTigray is one of the nations in Ethiopia situated deep northern part of the contry. The region collects different ancient historical heritages that date back to more than, years. Over 125 rocks hewn churches are recorded in Tigray. The rock churches of Tigray do not function primarily as tourist attraction they were generally excavated using a very different method from those rocky hewn churches of Lalibela, the antiquity of most of the Tigraian rock-hewn churches remains largely a matter of speculate. Every church has its own oral tradition regarding its excavation, in many cases the church is dated to the reign of Abreha-we-Astebeha (the twin Emperors of Axumint impire) who converted to Christianity in the middle of the 4th century. There are a number of explanation given as to why the rock-hewn churches of Tigray were so often carved in to relatively inaccessible cliff face, was it for security, or for spiritual isolation, or simply because cliff face are inherently good place to carve churches and cliff face are inherently inaccessible? Certainly the mentioned facts keep away outsiders and made the rock churches intact. Some of these rock hewn churches are pre-Christian temples, which was changed to church after the spread of Christianity in the northern Ethiopia. Most of these churches are difficult to access since they are carved on the top of the cliff, thus visitors who are interested to visit have to be physically fit, the rock churches can be visited form the Mekele or on the way to Axum, from this wokro Churckos and Abreha-we-Astebeha are the most accessible. Most of these churches are found on the Gera-Alta chained Mountains Also these magnificent churches can be visited on the eastern and southern Tigray region.