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is located on the southern shores of Lake Tana from where excursions by boat can be made to the lake's islands and peninsulas and to the "Tissisat Falls", (the most spectacular waterfalls of the country).The fascinating Blue Nile Falls are situated 35 km southeast of Bahar Dar. The Blue Nile draws its strength from the large reservoir, Lake Tana. Set at 1,830 in. above sea level. The lake includes more than 30 islands and peninsulas, most of which shield ancient monasteries, decorated with wonderful wall paintings from the 12th to the 20th century. Among its multitude of monasteries, some can only be visited by men.

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Picture of a man climbing up the cliff with the aid of a rope to reach the monastery of Saint Aregawi, Debre DamoDebre Damo monastery is situated on an isolated mountain in northern part of Tigray. It is unique compared with most Ethiopian monasteries. Debre Damo was built, in the sixth century AD, with curved wood panels, painted ceilings and walls dedicated to the legend of Saint (Abune) Aregawi. The history of Debre Damo is centred on the "Nine Saints" who came to Ethiopia from Syria to spread Christianity in the Tigray region. One of them was Saint Aregawi who settled on the mountain of Debre Damo. The other eight saints settled around Tigray countryside and all have their own church named after them.

Debre Damo is only accessible by climbing up by a rope, which is made of "plaited leather", lowered from the cliffs, which visitors tie around their waist and are then pulled up by a monk at the top of the cliffs. It is only accessible to men and male animals. Women and even female animals are forbidden to set a foot into the monastery, and must remain under the cliffs and pray from there.

The feast of Saint (Abune) Aregawi is celebrated on October 14 Ethiopian calendar (October 24 Gregorian calendar) which culminates in a pilgrimage to Debre Damo from all over the country.

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