There are more than 200 of them, some easy to access, others on the contrary, hidden in the mountains and accessible after a perilous climb, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area. It is an ideal destination for those who wish to combine nature and trekking with the discovery of Ethiopian art and history.

The main churches to visit are:

  • Debre Tsion or Abune Abraham: accessible after a 40-minute walk, this church owes its originality to the six cross-shaped pillars supporting the ceiling, the rich decorations of saints and apostles, and a famous wooden fan of one meter in diameter, dating from the 15th century and whose 34 panels each represent a saint.

  • Wukro Chirkos: this easily accessible church is distinguished by its size, its wall decorations and the richness of its ornaments.

  • Maryam Korkor: accessible after one hour of climbing, it offers one of the most beautiful views of the Hawzien Valley and contains richly decorated arches as well as an immense collection of parchments, manuscripts and crosses.

  • Degum Selassie: particularly easy to access, this church is distinguished by the beauty of its layout in the rock and the ancient paintings adorning its walls.

  • Abreha We Atsebeha: this church of the 10th century is architecturally speaking the most accomplished church in the region. The interior of this mountain-top church is striking because of its size. Its rock-hewn roof is supported by 13 pillars and finely decorated arches.

  • The enclosure of Teka Tesfai: Medhane Alem Adi Kesho is the most famous and most impressive of the churches of this group because of its size and its architecture - its interior revealing a cathedral atmosphere. The other church worthy of interest is Petros & Paulos, with its primitive paintings of angels and saints. After a rather rough climb, it also offers one of the most beautiful views of the Gheralta region.