Ethiopia Travellers’ Handbook

Trevor Jenner

In full colour throughout, over 600 photographs and many maps, Ethiopia Travellers’ Handbook contains 458 pages, packed with information to provide a clear understanding of all there is to see and do in Ethiopia.  

It describes all of the historical sites to see plus Ethiopia’s peoples, fauna, myths, history, development, political history, topography, Ethiopian Orthodox Church, language, and much more. Conceived for the independent and group traveller it is also designed for everyone wishing to have a range of facts at their fingertips. This book has been designed to be straightforward to use, without having to constantly refer to abbreviations and symbols and with maps that are uncomplicated and easy to follow. A high quality publication, ‘Flexibound’ for strength and durability, it contains completely independent travel advice. 

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Architecture as Sculpture, A Study of Ethiopian Rock-hewn Churches

Tarn Philipp The Art Workers Guild 
Thursday October 6

In 2015 Tarn Philipp won the prestigious ADAM Architectural Travel Scholarship to survey the rock-hewn churches of Tigray in Ethiopia. On the evening of Thursday October 6 he will describe his very original research, which includes full measured surveys of many churches visited, and will show how the centuries old craft of stone carving churches is still being practiced today.

Wall Paintings of Tigray, Ethiopia  Approaches to Preserving a Fragile Heritage

Blair Priday, Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede The Anglo-Ethiopian Society News File, Spring 2016

The churches of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia, preserve a unique wall painting heritage, dating from the medieval period to the modern era. Like the celebrated examples in Lalibela, many of the painted churches are rock-hewn, but, because their scattered and mountain-top locations makes access challenging, they remain less well known.

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British Team to Conserver Ethiopia’s oldest Wall Paintings

Martin Bailey
The Art Newspaper, 12 April 2016

A project to conserve Ethiopia’s oldest wall paintings, which experts believe date to around 1100 or soon after, is due to begin this month. They are in the church of Yemrehanna Kristos, a full-sized building constructed inside a cave in the Lasta Mountains at an altitude of 2,700m. The cave is above a valley of juniper trees and, until recently, could only be reached by a day’s journey on foot or mule from the town of Lalibela, in northern Ethiopia. The church’s interior is so dark that international specialists did not note the paintings’ existence until the 1990s; the first published account was in 2001.

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Ethiopian Heritage Fund Newsletter

February 2016

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Ethiopia and the Mediterranean World
in Late Antiquity: The Garima Gospels in Context

2-3  November 2013

A two-day conference sponsored by the Ethiopian Heritage Fund at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies University of Oxford was held on 2-3 November 2013.  Research presented at the Conference by Jacques Mercier suggests that the first Christian manuscript art may have come from Ethiopia. Read a report of the conference in the Arts Newspaper.

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Ethiopia and the Church

September 2012

Lalibela : Wonder of Ethiopia The Monolithic Churches and their Treasures By Jacques Mercier and Claude Lepage.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela is one of the most extraordinary places in the world. It contains thirteen churches, dating back to 12th century, hewn from rock in imitation of buildings. This is the first book to focus on this extraordinary site in all its many dimensions – historical and cultural, archaeological, architectural, art historical and documentary and has proved to be a fascinating detective story. Funded by Ethiopian Heritage Fund, and Published in association with Paul Holberton Publishing, London.
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