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dte-pics-155.jpg dte-pics-169.jpg DEBRE DAMO
 “Splendid Church” Debre Damo is the name of a flat-topped mountain, and a 6th century monastery in northern Ethiopia. The mountain is steeply raising plateau of trapezoidal shape, about 1000 by 400 meters in dimension, and an elevation of 2216 meters above sea level, and located west of Adigrat in Tigray region. The monastery, accessible only by rope up a sheer cliff, is known for its collection of manuscripts, and having the earliest existing church in Ethiopia. Tradition claims the monastery was founded in the sixth century by Abuna Aregawi.