Tigray is the most northern of the nine ethnic regions of Ethiopia, its borders Eritrea to the north and Sudan to the west. Its capital is Mek’ele.

Semien Mountains National Park is located in Tigray and includes the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dashan.

A little known feature of Tigray is its churches; some of the churches are dating from the eighth century.

Mostly monolithic, with designs partly inspired by classical architecture, they are often located at the top of cliffs or steep hills, for security. For example, Tigray’s ancient Debre Damo monastery is accessible only by climbing a rope 25 meters up a sheer cliff.


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