Debre Maryam Monastery
The island also called as Ras Abay is containing this monastery and located in eastern part of Lake Tana at the outlet of Abay River from the lake, 5kms away from the Bahir Dar City.
The monastery was established during the last quarter of 13th c during the reign of King Yikuno-Amlak who once again restored the Solomonic line of dynasty. The founder of the monastery was Abune Tadiwos, a follower of Teklehaymanot, built the monastery in 1340.
Things to visit: heritages to be visited include the oldest religious manscripts, processional and veneration crosses, incense burner, icons, 14th c religious paintings and old drum made of clay. Part of lake in this area is called as “Gumarie Bahir” meaning sea of hippopotamus to indicate that hippos can be visited in this part of the lake. This is a place to see when the biggest river of the country/the continent/the world leaves the largest lake of the country. Visitors can attend religious memorial annual festivals colorfully celebrated in the Debre Maryam monastery.
There are two options to reach the site; one is through directly boating for 20 minute or after walking for one hour on the south east of the lake, it is possible cross to the monastery by canoes, ancient papyrus boat.