The church is located at one of the smallest islands of the lake. It is one of the medieval orthodox churches of Ethiopia which was built in 1314.

Unfortunately, the church was looted and closed for about 150 years.  It was again restored by the lately passed away archbishop, Abune Bernabas in 1995. But still the medieval period building supposed to be used as spiritual retreat and prison can be visited at the island of this church. Small museum built in the monastery is where visitors can see survived treasures like manuscripts, skin made robes, and other artefacts of the monastery.


The area is eye catching and stunning for visitors with many indigenous tree species. The small island is very calm but spectacular and cool environment that makes the stay of visitors relaxing. Religious festivals are celebrated twice a year on september3 and january15. Women can enter into the 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.

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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

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. Continue reading

The monastery is located at about 50km far from Bahir Dar on the eastern shore of Lake Tana and on a remarkably beautiful setting protected by the fence of rocky hill.  Continue reading

Located on the west of Deq islands, particularly at a small woody semi-island, Narga Silassie monastery is quite different from other Tana monasteries architecturally; that is, it is similar to the palaces of Gonder.  Narga Silassie was unusually built by Empress Mintiwab (1730-1755) with domes and turrets of the three gates.

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