Debre Libanos monastery

After 104 km north of Addis Ababa on the road to the historic route there is a 13th century religious center. Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia, lying northwest of the capital. Founded by the monastery’s Ichege known as the chief abbot was the second most powerful official after the Patriarch in the church.

The monastery complex sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of Jama Valley on the drainage system of Blue Nile River. St. Tekle Haymanot, the most valued saint in Ethiopian Orthodox church, which was a critical figure in establishing Ethiopian national identity. He was influential in “restoring” the Solomonic dynasty and revitalizing monasticism, which were central to both religious and cultural life.