Travel: Ethiopia will lift your soul

Higher calling: A Christian church in rocky Northern Ethiopia stands out against the rocky landscape with its bright colours (photo: Getty Images)
Higher calling: A Christian church in rocky Northern Ethiopia stands out against the rocky landscape with its bright colours (photo: Getty Images)

Landlocked Ethiopia is twice the size of Spain with a population of 95 million and 20,000 Britons visited last year

Ethiopia has a spectacular landscape, a rich culture and archaeological sites as spellbinding as Egypt’s offerings

See the Lalibela market which has salt carried by camels from the Danakil Desert and dark honeycombs for sale

Hens are the only females allowed into the monastery of Debre Damo. We gaze at the loaf-shaped lump of rock that rises out of a biblical landscape in the region of Tigray.

Isolated and self-sufficient, 150 monks live on this inaccessible platform. Visitors (male only) are pulled up the sheer sides by rope to the sixth-century dwelling.

Mildly disappointed at being thwarted by gender, we visit Daniel Korkor instead, another remote and ancient church.

Read more at: The Daily Mail

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