Ura Kidane Mehret
Ura Kidane Mehret is a church of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located on the Zege peninsula in Lake Tana of Ethiopia.
It was founded during the reign of Emperor Amde-Tsion (1314-44) by Abune Ze Yohannes. According to historical source of the monastery, Abune Ze Yohannes brought Tabot of Kidane Mihiret from Jerusalem with help of St. Urael.
The church’s design is similar to Kibran Gebriel. As noted by many visitors, Ura has a more decorated building with colorful frescoes depicting scene from biblical lore and the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church. The frescoes dating back to the early 17th century are incredible to have been painted in that early time. Besides, in the enclosure like the other monasteries, there is a museum having priceless treasures such as illuminated manuscripts of more than 1040 years old, crowns, dresses of Empresses and so on.
In this peninsula, along with Ura Kidanemihiret monastery, Mehal Zegie Giyorgis, Abune Betre Mariam and Azwa Mariam monasteries are also worthy of visiting. The grass roofed and elegantly built monastery, Azwa Mariam is renowned for its remarkable frescoes as Wura. Whereas Mehal Zeghie Giyorgis and Abune Bête Mariam monasteries jointly possess a splendid museum having collections of crowns, crosses, vestments, illuminating manuscripts and others. Unlike some other monasteries, women can enter into this church(remove).