Tigray, Ethiopia – In a cave on a mountaintop in northern Ethiopia I meet a Christian monk reputed to be 140 years old. Even if this were true, he is markedly young compared to the relics hidden around him in these holy mountains. A few steps away from his hermit hole is a wooden door set flush against the rockface. It is the entrance to St Mary Korkor, one of more than 100 churches buried in the mesas of Tigray, in EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s far north.
Push open the church door and you enter the mountain. In the gloom of the nave are frescoes depicting scenes straight out of a Renaissance chapel: the Annunciation, the Last Supper, St George slaying the dragon. But the faces of Jesus and the saints are African, and they were painted 1,200 years ago. This region is a Christian heartland, familiar and yet fascinatingly different. Easter, for example, is celebrated with church services, then family get-togethers and meals Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but not this weekend. Instead, it comes after a Lent fasting period of 56 days, on April 15 this year. Read Full Story on Financial Times.http://www.ethiosports.com/2012/04/06/high-church/http://www.ethiosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Path-to-St-Mary-Korkor.jpghttp://www.ethiosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Path-to-St-Mary-Korkor-145x145.jpgSportEthiopia,St Mary Korkor,Tigray