Rock Hewn Churches of Tigray
Tigray and its surrounding environment is a popular destination for tourists because of its natural and man-made beauty. While the churches in Lalibela are almost entirely hewn from stone as though they have grown out of the ground, the churches of Tigray are a mix of constructed buildings, and churches carved into rock faces and caves. There are buildings dating back to the 4th century and other buildings that are slightly more modern, dating back to the 15th century. Travellers who are touring all of Ethiopia will see the links between Aksum, Lalibela, and their associated dynasties in the Rock-Hewn Churches of Tigray.
The churches in Tigray are often quite challenging to reach and require long treks. Some sit on peaks of desert cliffs, others perch on the peak of winding hills, but all are fascinating and worth the journey. With around 120 churches in the area, travellers can find more than a few that suit their ability and time constraints. Be sure to bring plenty of patience and wonder, and you will surely be rewarded by this challenging destination.
BEST TIMES TO VISIT:
WHY TRAVELLERS LOVE IT:
Natural and man-made beauty
- historical churches carved into the rocks