Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
Medhane Alem Adi Kesho
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Libby W
Adelaide, Australia256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Despite the historical significance of this site, I'm not sure I would go out of my way to go here unless it was my area of unique interest as it is just one church on its own and quite a long way off the main road ( and a climb) to get there. However, if you can get there easily, you will be rewarded with an ancient site that has some pretty amazing features on the interior.
Written May 11, 2019
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K72
Melbourne, Australia3,006 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
5km off the main road, down a bumpy road to collect a priest wielding a key and up to the start of the climb. The climb takes around 10 mins, depending on fitness levels- beware though...there are lots of young boys loitering who try to help you then demand money for doing so....even if they don't help!
The rock church is impressive.... seeing it when you step through the gate is amazing (well, i thought so as it was different to other sites I'd been in Ethiopia). The priest does an elaborate unlocking ceremony - which is great to see from the inside...take a torch for best effect!
Inside the cave church is impressive. the craving is still looking good- not overly intricate but still wow!
There are vervet monkeys running around the grounds and the views are awesome.
Only thing that spoilt it was the boys demanding money and the kids saying 'hello pen'...argh! Look what irresponsible tourists have done to everyone who follows!
Disn't visit other rock churches so can't compare.
Written January 5, 2019
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Nona C
Brier, WA97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
I am amazed these ancient churches, which are a bit of a climb, are still vibrant, worshiping community with regular services and activities. We very much enjoyed the carvings and paintings. Our guide, Yalew Tafete of Guide Ethiopia Tours who was with us for the entire 3-week trip, was able to get a local child to find the priest to get us the key. He also was able to interpret for us and answer our questions.

This was really the only area in Ethiopia where we were hassled with people who kept trying to “help” us up the steps for money. We kept saying we were fine and taking our hands away, but even Yalew had a hard time extracting us from the unwanted attention and handling.
Written October 5, 2015
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Joerg Lehmann
Berlin, Germany21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
The Teka Tesfay Cluster comprises of three churches, which can easily be visited on a single day: Petros & Paulos, Mikael Melehayzenghi, and Medhane Alem Adi Kesho. We started our day trip from our hotel in Mekele and were picked up by a minibus and our driver Kidane (a calm and patient, reliable driver). The trip from Mekele to the Teka Tesfay Cluster took about 1 1/2 hours. We started from Petros and Paulos Melehayzenghi, a small but beautifully decorated church, which can be reached after a short and steep climb up a wooden ladder. My father, who is beyond 80 and used to walking, managed it without any problem. After Petros and Paulos, we walked about 30 minutes to the next church nearby, Mikael Melehayzenghi. This small and beautiful church lies on top of a little hill and has a finely carved dome. Afterwards we went by foot back to the car and drove to the third church, Medhane Alem Adi Kesho. This thurd church incorporates four columns, two large doors, and beautiful paintings. It has a cathedral-like interior.
This day trip was organized by the knowledgeable and experienced guide Redae Tesfay, who is based in Mekele; his phone numbers are +251 9 45 79 47 94 or +251 920 75 00 09. We had altogether three trips organized by him: The first one to the Teka Tesfay cluster north of Wukro, the second to the Gheralta cluster, and a third one to rock-hewn churches in the Tembien. The trips organized by him included a minibus including driver, fuel, entrance fees to all churches and a local guide. Meals and tips for the priest or accompanying helpers are not included. We can recommend Redae Tesfay as an organizer as well as a guide.
Written March 10, 2019
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kass g
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Medhani alem adikosho is one of the oldest and finest rock hewn church ..
I visited this church december 28-2019 with my friends and it is very impressed church .
Written December 28, 2019
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therapina
Limassol City, Cyprus624 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Maybe we'd had our fill of churches in Lalibela, or maybe we'd been travelling too long. But I found this stop annoying both in the way we were pestered by boys wanting money as we climbed up the steep and slidey rock surfaces and secondly by the attitude of the priest asking for more tip. This one is said to be the oldest of the Tigray rock hewn churches and the roads through the village leading up to it are lined with red flowering cacti. While the priest finished his lunch before coming to open up, we watched the monkeys playing. The priest used an unusual wooden 'key' on a string to open the church door, which was poked through a hole with a technique that flipped another wooden pole on the inside back into a hole to release the door. Needless to say it was also secured with an iron chain and padlock. It was here that I gave away my blanket to a little girl who issued our receipt for the priest - and it made me realise that whilst they teach the priests to read, they do not teach them to write.
Written March 7, 2017
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