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Asheton Maryam, Lalibela, Ethiopia

The church or monastry of Asheton Maryam lies at an altitude of nearly 4000m high above the town of Lalibela. The church is carved out of a cleft into a cliff face. Whilst the church and contents are interesting the excursion is wonderful for the views, setting and scenery. We made the ascent on mules which I would not recommend - my back ached for about a week afterwards. On the way up (on mule back) we got good views of Erckel's Francolin which we struggled to see again later in the trip.
Mule ride to Asheton Maryam
Mule ride to Asheton Maryam
Looking back down the path towards Lalibela
Looking back down the path towards Lalibela
Lalibela and surrounding mountains
Lalibela and surrounding mountains
Approaching the church of Asheton Maryam
Approaching the church of Asheton Maryam
Approaching the church of Asheton Maryam
Approaching the church of Asheton Maryam
Monk displaying the church treasures, Asheton Maryam
Monk displaying the church treasures, Asheton Maryam
Monk displaying the church treasures, Asheton Maryam
Monk displaying the church treasures, Asheton Maryam
Monk displaying the church treasures, Asheton Maryam
Monk displaying the church treasures, Asheton Maryam
Ancient religious book, Asheton Maryam
Ancient religious book, Asheton Maryam
Ancient religious book, Asheton Maryam
Ancient religious book, Asheton Maryam
Part of the stone carved church
Part of the stone carved church
View from the terrace above the church
View from the terrace above the church
View from the terrace above the church
View from the terrace above the church
View from the terrace above the church
View from the terrace above the church
There is always time for some birding !
There is always time for some birding !
Mountains beyond the church
Mountains beyond the church