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Based on an island on Lake Tana, Azwa Mariam Monastery serves as a small monastery known for its paintings that share biblical stories. Explore the interior panels of colorful murals, and hire a tour guide if you want more information and detailed stories about each painting. To reach this attraction, you'll need to hire a boat across the lake and pay a fee to enter. Also be aware that many vendors here will try to sell you souvenirs, and women may or may not be able to enter the monastery. Using our world travel planner, Bahir Dar attractions like Azwa Mariam Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Azwa Mariam Monastery reviews
As it was St Mary's annual festival, it was a good opportunity to visit the Island. There The church is 950 years old, with fascinating original architecture especially the interior of the roof. We...
As it was St Mary's annual festival, it was a good opportunity to visit the Island. There The church is 950 years old, with fascinating original architecture especially the interior of the roof. We... more »
This was the first monastery we visited (of course, cathedrals are a very different thing), but we were amazed at the similarities of layout, of mural style, etc. The murals are really vivid! You...
This was the first monastery we visited (of course, cathedrals are a very different thing), but we were amazed at the similarities of layout, of mural style, etc. The murals are really vivid! You... more »
Azwa Mariam Monastery is a great and easily accessible ancient religious site at Zeghe peninsula, Lake Tana. You can take a 40 minutes boat ride to reach there. I recommend that visiting Azwa Mariam would be more interesting and more beneficial for local community, if local souvenirs sellers don't keep asking visitors to buy their items. It is also better for the sellers to have differentiated items for sale. Enjoy your visits to Azwa Mariam!
The monastery can be easily accessible after five minutes walk from the boat stop. Shopping different icons from locals until to the main gate of the monastery is usual which has replicas and symbols of the paintings from the main church. Don't forget that you are supporting the local community while you are buying those replicas and icons . The main gate of the church compound has three doors like the doors we found in holy of holies . The church has builted from mud mixed with straw and rocks between ....it has grass touched roof as well... don't forget to notice and ring the old or ancient time rock bell before you go inside the church .....
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