Lake Tana, Ethiopia

Ranked #7 in Ethiopia Tourism

Ethiopia’s largest lake, situated in the northwest of the country, Lake Tana is a site with a rich historical background.

Lake Tana, Ethiopia

Lake Tana, Ethiopia (credit)

Lake Tana Attractions

It is the source of Blue Nile that partly explains the link between the locals Ethiopians and the ancient Egyptians. However, the monasteries, built on the islands from medieval times till the 18th century, are the main attractions for the visitors of the lake. More than 20 of them have remained there till today. Ura Kidhane Mihret might be the most stunning of them. Daga Istafanos and Tana Chirkos are also wonderful examples of local monastery building traditions.

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