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.

Besides its natural gifts, Lake Tana is also endowed with various historic heritages.  The areas around the lake harbor dozens of adorned churches and monasteries dating back to medieval times. Continue reading

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.

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Kibran  Gabriel was founded  in 1321 by saint abune Ze Yohannes who was one of the seven spiritual sons of Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot   and it was rebuilt  during  the reign of Emperor Iyasu /1682-1706/. Continue reading

Dense forest that fully covers hills in western part of Lake Tana is Zeghie Peninsula. It is home for interesting natural and cultural attractions. Continue reading