The Spectacular Lakeshore of Gorgora

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Ethiopia is home to one of the most stunning historical monuments in Africa. The little lakeshore town of Gorgora, 60km southwest of Gonder, has a striking tropical vibe for history buffs and all. The former capital city provides the chance to see rarely visited monasteries and makes a good excursion for comfortable escape from the ordinary.

Start with Emperor Susenyos 17th century built castle known by locals as Susenyos Ghimb on a peninsula called Old Gorgora 10km west of the town, which can be reached in an hour by boat. The monasteries and jungles as well as the lifestyle of the monks will definitely give you unforgettable experience. The town of Gorgora is located in northwestern Ethiopia. It has been one of the early capitals of Ethiopia and is known for its many buildings from ancient times including Debre Sina church, Gorgora, Mandaba Medhane Alem and Gorgora Nova the royal camp of King Susneyos.  

The most interesting artefact of Gorgora is the attractive Debre Sina church. Built back in 1608 by Emperor Susenyos’ son and founder of Gonder, King Fasiladas. The 14th-century monastery decorated with original paintings is the most eye-catching place to visit. Near Susenyos’ palace there is a Portuguese Cathedral best place to stop by.

The mystery of the fallen building which is believed to be a temple walls are still standing portraying one of its kind art work of the time.  The only standing sections the southern tip of the high altar and the lower part of the outer wall state to the exclusivity and sophistication of the stonework and the overall monumental scale of the building. The temple was built 1626, under the supervision of Brother Juan Martinez, by direct order of King Susneyos who wished that a Catholic church in stone and mortar be erected in Gorgora Nova and entrusted to the Jesuits, for their missionary work.

Gorgora is not short of anything its history and adventures sights is worth to explore. It has a church dating from 1334 that boasts beautiful Coptic frescoes. It’s a rare location where you can see the ruins of the 17th century palace and of the cathedral of Emperor Susenios. From the ruins you have a beautiful view across Lake Tana.

Lack Tana found in Bahir Dar offers more than a stunning view. With its abundance of fauna, the old-time fishing industry gives the rare opportunity to enjoy freshly cooked modern and traditional fish dishes. The white pelican wetland birds give the lake an exceptional character and the open boat rides are a priceless way to have a breath of fresh air.

Formed at more than 1,800 meters above sea level, Lake Tana is 75 kilometers long and 60 kilometers wide. Its 3,600 square kilometer surface is dotted with more than 37 islands many of which are home to ancient monasteries and churches containing religious artifacts. The city is a center to explore the area’s main sites of the Blue Nile Falls and the Island monasteries of Lake Tana. Among the nearest monasteries to Bahir Dar, Kebran Gabriel, and Ura Kidanmehret, contain an impressive treasury of ancient Ge’ez script. The building is decorated with a number of ancient artistic paintings.

The Blue Nile, the longest river in Africa falls into a canyon to form one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Africa. The 150 feet high massive waterfall gush downward creating a cloud of mist which is called Tisisat- (smoking fire). The Blue Nile contributes about 85% of the water that supplies Egypt.


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