The St. Stephen monastery on lake

The St. Stephen monastery on lake

The St. Stephen monastery on lake

The St. Stephen monastery on lake

The Istifanos (St. Stephen’s) Monastery on lake Haik – Wollo was built (around the 8th century church of Axumite origins) in 1248 Emperor Yekunu Amlak.
• St. Tekele Haimanot was educated there
• It was St. Tekle Haimanot and other monks who established the revered monastery of ‘Debre Libanos’.

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Ancient coins of Ethiopia

Ancient coins of Ethiopia

Ancient coins of Ethiopia

Ancient coins of Ethiopia

The first Ethiopian Emperor christian Ezana made Christianity a state religion in 4th century.
• Ethiopia became the first country in Africa south of the sahara to do so.
• Ezana was the first ruler in the world to engrave a cross on his coins.
• Ethiopian used gold coins for centuries

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The replica of the arc of the covenant

The replica of the arc of the covenant

The replica of the arc of the covenant

The replica of the arc of the covenant

The replica of the arc of the covenant

Christianity was established in Ethiopia in the beginning of 330 AD.
• The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is 1,600 years old.
• It has thousands of churches, each with its own ‘Tabot’ a replica of the Ark of the Covenant.
• There are millions of followers of the Ethiopian orthodox ‘Tewahedo’ Church and it is the largest of the oriental churches.

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Temple of the moon

Temple of the moon

Temple of the moon

Temple of the moon

A pre-Christian “Temple of the moon” at Yeha near Adawa , in Northern Ethiopia was the center of the sabean civilization with a high civilized city- state before 5th century B.C.

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Axum Obelisk

Axum Obelisk

Axum Obelisk

Axum Obelisk

The powerful state of Axum was ranked by Persian philosopher and historian main as one of the four great kingdoms of the ancient world along with Persian, Rome and china.
• The tallest and oldest man-made obelisk in the world is the fallen obelisk in Axum. It is 33 meter high and weighs 500 tons.
• The second largest obelisk the same area, a solid block of granite like stone 24 meter high and weighing more than 120 tons was taken by the Italians to Rome in 1937.
• It was returned from Rome to Axum in April 2005 and re-erected to its original site in August, 2008.
• This obelisk made history by being the only mammoth stone to be moved between two continents (Europe and Africa).
• The third largest obelisk which is 23 meters high still stands in Axum.

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Queen Sheba travels to king Solomon

Queen Sheba travels to king Solomon

Queen Sheba travels to king Solomon

Queen Sheba travels to king Solomon

The Queen of Sheba (who ruled a large area, including Ethiopia and part of Yemen) after learning of the wisdom of king Solomon of ancient Israel, went to Jerusalem to meet him. She wanted to ask him questions and test him.
• She took caravan of 700 camels and other beasts of burden loaded with 120 talents of gold, timber of rare trees, ivory, precious stones, spices and very great deal of Balsam oil as gifts for him.
• 1 talent =34.2 kilograms, current value approximately over 200 million US $ of gold.

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One of the first converts to Islam was an Ethiopian

One of the first converts to Islam was an Ethiopian

One of the first converts to Islam was an Ethiopian

One of the first converts to Islam was an Ethiopian

One of the first converts to Islam was an Ethiopian born in Mecca of Ethiopian parents known as Bilalal- Habeshi, working for Prophet Mohammed.
• Apart from being the mace bearer and steward of the Prophet, he had the duty of waking him up early in the morning for prayer.
• Bilalal was also the first to say aloud “Allah hu Akbar!” the Muslim call for prayers.
• Thus he became the first muezzin in the world.
• Prophet Muhammed wet nurse was an Ethiopian named Baraka or Umm Ayman.

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One of the very first African to be converted to Christianity

One of the very first African to be converted to Christianity

One of the very first African to be converted to Christianity

One of the very first African to be converted to Christianity

One of the very first African to be converted to Christianity was an Ethiopian treasurer representing his queen in Ethiopia.
• On his way back from Jerusalem, the apostle Philip helped him to understand ‘The Book of Isaiah’ which the Ethiopian was reading and later baptized him.
• He became a Christian before Apostle Paul (former name Saul) was converted (Acts 8: 26-40).

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