In short

The Gheralta Mountain range, which rises approximately  and almost perpendicularly above the Hawozin plain, offers some of the most spectacular views in Tigray. This is an area of sand stone escarpments, stone built villages and rock-hewn churches. Some of the churches in this area are:

  • Mariam Bahrain Church
  • Abune yemata church  – situated high up in the mountains. A visitor described this church as “the most unusual church in the most unusual and majestic place”. The church interior is reached via a small crack in the rock. In spite of its remoteness it has extensive and perfectly preserved wall painting