It's a wonderful example of ancient Ethiopian church art. A must see in Gonder.
There are two entrances; one for men (in the front) and one at the side (for women). The girls were thrilled to have to remove their shoes. No flash photography was allowed to preserve the paintings. Some of the colors are still very vivid. I really love the ceiling covered with the Ethiopian angels. In Ethiopian art good people are painted with two eyes showing. Bad people are painted in profile with one eye showing.
|In the top left is the King in the castle, his face is in profile. One eye=bad guy.|
|Angels facing east and west|
|drums representing Jesus, played during chanting|
|The priests lived in the top of these guard towers.|
|Now the priests live in the top of the building shown here. It's the building at the front gate of the church.|