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.

  • Ura Kidane Mehret
  • Ura Kidane Mehret
  • Ura Kidane Mehret
  • Ura Kidane Mehret
  • Ura Kidane Mehret
  • Ura Kidane Mehret
  • Ura Kidane Mehret
  • Ura Kidane Mehret

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).

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