Daga is the other principal magnetism and most visited monastery though it is far from Bahir Dar.  It is located 40 kilo meters far from Bahir Dar city.

This monastery is built on a steep hilltop and needs to climb up walking through a winding path. The current building of the church was built in 1880s after it was burnt down by fire but the early paintings have survived from destruction of burning. The church and monastery was founded by Abune Hirsute Amlak in 1275 and it was dedicated to St. Stephen. As of history of St. Abune Hirute-Amlak, he brought the Tabot from Hayq Estifanos and the saint has prayed here for 60 years without eating and sleeping with help of the God.

The treasure house found here is different from other monasteries in that  it  hosts  piles  of  brightly  colored  ceremonial  cloaks  and mummified  coffins  containing  remains  of  the  five former  Ethiopian Emperors who ruled the country from the early 14th c until late 17th c; that include, Emperor Dawit, Emperor Zere-Yaekob, Emperor Susenyos, Yekuno-Amlak and Emperor Fasil. The church is also the burial place for the founder, Hirute Amlak and King Ze Dingle. The museum also displays three crowns of Emperor Fasiladas, Zere-Yaekob and Dawit and more other collections. It is open only for men.

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