It’s hard to believe it’s real. Located in the Hawzen woreda of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Abuna Yemata Guh is a church like no other. The dedication required to simply reach the church is more faith than most of us show in a lifetime. This video explores the extraordinary church and its fascinating history.
“If churches were assessed by their risk factor, Abuna Yemata Guh would be our new Sistine Chapel,” the video explains. “Perched 650 feet above a steep cliff in Northern Ethiopia, visitors face a 45-minute climb up the cliff’s vertical face in order to access the precariously positioned church. Dating back to the 5th century, history has it that its founder Father Yemata built the chapel to be closer to heavenly spirits; however, others claim it was a strategic move to avoid his enemies.” Despite the church’s treacherous location — or perhaps because of it — it still inspires faith and pilgrimage.
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As a structure, it’s thrilling, confounding, and awe-inspiring. As a place of worship, it feels like something out of another world. If you ever question the power or dedication of the faithful, remember Abuna Yemata Guh.