Lake Tana monastery

Lake Tana MonasteryLake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia. Which flows to Khartoum, Sudan and beyond? It was formed by volcanic blockage and created one of Africa’s greatest waterfalls, known as Tis Abay or Tis Isat . 

The lake has a number of islands, whose number varies depending on the level of the lake; it has fallen about 6 feet in the last 400 years. A more modern geographer named it 37 island of which 19 have or had monasteries or churches on them.
Remains of ancient Ethiopia emperors and treasures of the church are kept in the isolated island monasteries. On the island of Tana Qirqos rock shown to visitors on which it was told the Virgin Mary had rested on her journey back from Egypt and also Frumentius who introduced Christianity to Ethiopia is allegedly buried on Tana Cherqos. The body of Yekuno Amelak is interred In the monastery of st .Stephen on Dega Island; other emperors whose tombs are on Dega include Dawit I, Zara Yaqob ,Za Dengel and Fasilides . Other important islands in lake Tana include Dek Isaland and Meshralia .  

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