Ethiopia and the unique designs of and in its churches are noteworthy. The country is remembered for its churches’ architectural designs just as Egypt is remembered as a great civilization in human history. With its legendary and medieval look, Ethiopia is blessed with different rock-hewn churches, the cruciform and colorful frescoes of which have attracted tourists from across the world. The ancient kingdom of Abyssinia, which we now know as modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea, was probably the site of the first Christian nation, and the churches still serve as religious sanctuaries and draw pilgrims celebrating the Ethiopian Christian calendar.
Philip Marsden and Mary Anne Fitzgerald wrote Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom to celebrate the unique artistic and architectural achievement of 66 of these churches with more than 800 colour photographs. The book delves into their history, documenting not just their exteriors, but their interior artwork, the panoply of religious festivals they host, and the lives of the monks and priests who call them home. This is another African artistry in a bit.
Find some of the beautiful pictures here.