Abuna Yemata Guh,Ethiopia's 'church in the sky'


Ethiopia's 'church in the sky' is perched on a 762m high cliff... with a wall of rock devotees must climb barefoot!

Abuna Yemata Guh has been on the clifftop on Northern Ethiopia since 5th century AD
To visit requires a six-meters climb up sheer wall of rock with no ropes and crossing narrow ledges with 200m drops
At 762 meters, Ethiopa's 'church in the sky' is arguably the most inaccessible place of worship on earth, perched on top of a vertical spire of rock, with sheer, 198 meters drops on all sides.
To reach the extraordinary church on a clifftop in Tigray, one must scale a sheer 6 meters high wall of rock without any climbing ropes or harnesses, inching along narrow ledges and crossing a rickety makeshift bridge.
And people are willing to risk the ascent: Families have brought their newborn babies up here to be baptised, and corpses have been carried up to be buried on the mountain.
It is said that in 5th century AD Egyptian priest Father Yemata walked to Ethiopia, climbed the mountains and quarried the church out of the rock.
'Abuna Yemata Guh has survived for 15 centuries, and in that time 'nobody has fallen' on the way up, according to the current priest Kes Haile Silassie.
It is not known what motivated Father Yemata to establish his church here. Theories suggest that he simply wished to pray alone in the clouds, while some say he needed to escape raiders.


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