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BAHIR DAR, THE WATERFALLS OF THE BLUE NILE AND LAKE TANA

Bahir Dar is a well master planned city, its avenues lined with palm trees and plants. It is located on the south bank of Lake Tana. Of note are its main market and the former palace of Haile Selassie, from which there is a splendid view over the Nile Valley.

Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia. Just 30km from the city are the water falls of the Blue Nile or “Tis Isat” (smoking water).

Excursions may be made from Bahir Dar to explore the islands of Lake Tana. There are 37 islands dotted all over the lake and 30 of them house churches and monasteries of great cultural and historical interest. They contain beautiful manuscripts, objects of worship and crosses dating back to the dawn of Christianity.

Religious sites in Lake Tana: the islands of Zeghie with the monastery of Ura Kidane Mehret and the church of Bête Giorgis, the monastery of Narga Selassie and Daga Istifanos (accessible only to men) on the island of Dek, the monastery on the island of Kibran Gabriel, which is one of the most fascinating on the lake (also accessible only to men).

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