Discovering Africa: Ethiopia

July 14,2013 (VENTURES AFRICA) – Ethiopia is a country of extraordinary natural beauty, great potential and historical and cultural interest. Located between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, in a region fondly referred to as the “Horn of Africa”. With an area slightly more than one million km2, the country’s different physical conformations territories […]

How the Ark of the Covenant got to Ethiopia

How the Ark of the Covenant got to Ethiopia

by Lesley Downer June 30,2013 (Japan Times)According to the Bible, the Koran and several detailed Ethiopian texts, the Queen of Saba/Sheba, named Makeda, visited Solomon in Jerusalem in the 10th century B.C. They had previously exchanged letters full of questions and riddles. When she arrived, bringing gifts of gold, spices, precious stones and beautiful wood, […]

Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia

Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia

  From Errol Barnett, CNN June 27,2013 Lalibela, Ethiopia (CNN) — It’s 4 o’clock on a Sunday morning when a trail of figures dressed in white emerges from the deep darkness. Quietly, the summoned crowd makes its way down a cluster of ancient structures as the slow beat from traditional skin drums beckons. It’s a […]

Ethiopia’s monastic highs

Ethiopia’s monastic highs

The Telegraph June 21,2013 Alastair Sooke finds inspiration in the extraordinary churches of Ethiopia and scales a cliff to visit one of the oldest buildings in the world still in use – which his grandfather restored in the Forties.   “Are you going to climb barefoot or wearing boots?” In front of me was a […]