Debre Damo

The ancient monasteries of Debre Damo are considered to be among the oldest monasteries in the country. Unlike other monasteries and churches, Debre Damo is built on the top of the Amba hill. The Amba hill of Debre Damo has an area of half square kilometer and its altitude rises to 3000m above sea level. In the 16th c, Emperor Lebne Dengel took refuge on the Amba during the wars of Ahmed Giragn. Currently, the monastery hosts more than 300 monks and deacons. The style of construction depicts the earliest Axumite architecture. Access to the Monastery is only by way of rope and is open for men only. 

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The people and culture of Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been called a rich cultural mosaic due to the eighty different languages and dialects.

The North and the center part of the country has got different Semitic languages like Tigrinya, Guraginya and the official national language Amharic are spoken.

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Festivals

Christmas is also one of the biggest ceremonies which fall on 7 January.The celebration of Timket or Epiphany, on the 19 January is probably the biggest festival of the year. On the eve of Timket, with great ceremony the sacred tabot (the replica of the ark of the covenant) is taken from each church by the priests up to the central area where the ceremony twill take place.

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