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

The peninsula is located 27 km northwest of Bahir Dar that can be reached alternatively by car or motorboat within not more than one hour. The settlement of communities was commenced by Abune Betre Maryam in the 14th C who has changed into the status of the Monastery. The Saint has forbid ploughing of the land and raring animals such as cow, oxen, donkeys and goats with exception of sheep. The local inhabitants lead their livelihood by cultivating plants such as coffe, lemons and Gesho (a plant used for local brewing).

“In the peninsula these plants are not eaten by monkeys; the believers say the animals were ordained by the founder not destroy their planted assets”.

The peninsula’s another feature is that it has seven churches with their rich historical and cultural significances, most of which were founded in 13th c and 14th c. Females are allowed to visit the churches.

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