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Reviewed April 16, 2019

This 18th-century church is famed for its ceiling frescoes. Our guide – spent much time explaining them. Visiting here on Sunday, there were lots and lots of churchgoers.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

We are so lucky to be seeing these churches. What wonderful artists. The angel faces are wide eyed with wings and just what you have been hoping to see for years!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 4, 2019

The interior of the church is covered with ecclesiastical paintings. This includes the ceiling which is fantastic. This is the oldest surviving church in Gonder as a result of the Mahdi invation in the 19th century. Not to be missed.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank InTheMomentManhattan
Reviewed March 3, 2019

Definitely worth a visit while in Gondar! The paintings inside are beautiful. Don't forget to look up, the ceiling is amazing! If you've already done some church visits in Ethiopia, a guide shouldn't be necessary. However, if this is your first visit to an Ethiopian...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Elenor B
Reviewed March 3, 2019

Lived for 6 months in Gondar & couldn't get enough of this church. It's an amazing JEWEL in an otherwise eclectic city. Be ready to pay for entrance and 'tour' - but worth it to learn the intricacies of the artwork. Ladies, PLEASE WEAR HEAD...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank roxrich
Reviewed March 2, 2019

One of the many historic buildings to put on your must visit list for Gonder. It's one of the few buildings to surivive the town's turbulent history,and has some amazing artwork inside.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 38sally
Reviewed February 26, 2019

This is worth the visit for a photo of the ceiling alone. It could have been painted yesterday! It was uncrowded, which was good :)

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Greg B
Reviewed February 19, 2019

A beautifully painted roof of angels. remember that these places, which are sometimes busy with tourist folk (often like ourselves), are actually vibrant places of worship. Try to find a few moments of quiet, and reflect upon the meaning of this beautiful place.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 18, 2019

A good intro to the bible story wall paintings used to instruct the worshipers. The church is in a walled compound.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pat B
Reviewed February 17, 2019

This was a beautiful authentic Ethiopian church which is quite different from churches you see elsewhere. We liked it.

Date of experience: February 2019
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