One of the most memorable features of the Tigray landscape are the ancient Orthodox churches. These local churches are built from impressive stone masonry, which are hewn out of vast columns of rock. Their cave-like interiors are decorated with painted frescoes, such as this one.⠀
These churches perch high above the valley on precarious ledges. In order to visit a rock church, you will need to venture on a Tigray trek, which is often more vertical and rocky than the plateau of the older Meket tour. With these views, it’s well worth the effort.
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Agew Awi (Amharic: አገው አዊ) is one of 10 Zones in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Agew Awi is named for the Awi sub-group of the Agaw people, some of whom live in this Zone. Agew Awi is bordered on the west by Benishangul-Gumuz Region, on the north by Semien Gondar Zone and on the east by Mirab Gojjam. The administrative centre of Agew Awi is Injibara; other towns include Chagni, and Dangila.
Topographically speaking, Agaw Awi is relatively flat and fertile, whose elevations vary from 1,800 to 3,100 m above sea level, with an average altitude of about 2,300 m. The Zone is crossed by about nine permanent rivers which drain into the Abay (or Blue Nile); other water features include two crater lakes, Zengena and Tirba, and Zimbiri marsh which is located 5 km south-west of Addis Kidan. Local forests include Dukima and Apini, which are located on either side of the town of Kidamaja, Zengena forest around Lake Zengena and Goobil forest which is on a dome-shaped hill next to Kessa. The Agaw have traditionally practised a land-management system which is well adapted to the local ecology, which enables them to sustain the fertility of the soil and minimize erosion; this area is recognized as one of the most productive in the Amhara Region.