Gondar from our hotel balcony at the Taye Belay
At the FOUR SISTERS Restaurant for lunch
Gate to King Fasiledes' Bath House
A cute mom and her baby near the bath house
The Bath House
The pool surrounding the house, where thousands
of people come and jump in to be re-baptized
every year on January 21 for Timket
Our awesome guide, Gecho
Roots of the banyan trees going over the wall
The Bath House from the back….
The tree roots were on BOTH sides of the wall!
A guard tower
Women coming from an infant baptism
at Debre Birhani Selassie church
A mom and baby outside the Ethiopian Orthodox church
The gate to the Debre Birhane Selassie Church
Debre = mountain, Birhane = light
and Selassie = trinity
Ostrich eggs (7) on top of the church, symbolizing the
seven days of creation. As the ostrich looks down at
its egg until it hatches, the Lord looks down at us and
The whole ceiling is painted with angels looking down on us
and taking care of us.
Ceremonial drums with lots of symbolism
that the deacons play in the church
Murals cover ALL four walls and the ceiling
Mary's eyes watch you wherever you go
in the church...
The Holy Trinity and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
The church is shaped like Noah's Ark
Gecho, our guide on the left and we ran into
Abebo, our guide from LAST November
when we were there with Elder and Sister Tanner
King Fasiledes' Castle built in the 1600s
There were 6 castles in the royal enclosure…
(For more details see our post from Gondar in November 2013)
This castle was destroyed by the British in WWII
and later rebuilt by the Italians
Beautiful Gondar looking outside of the royal enclosure
What a FUN day with our Jon and his wife, Emily in Gondar, Ethiopia!
This cool shot was taken by our guide, Getachew (Gecho)
Good night Gondar!