Ethiopia, legendary home of the Queen of Sheba who travelled to Jerusalem to meet Solomon, resting-place of the Ark of the Covenant and battleground of the great emperors from Ezana in the 4th century AD to Haile Selassie in modern times, has inspired many travellers and writers since time immemorial. Recently few have journeyed there or, indeed, have any conception of the extraordinary cultural treasures that await visitors. Stuart Munro-Hay knows Ethiopia intimately, having lived and researched there over many years. He has produced the first truly comprehensive guide to the monuments of this beautiful, culture-steeped country, as well as offering a literary companion. Here is a guide to Ethiopia's architecture, geography, peoples, art and history, embracing all the major sites of the land over the ages. It will become the classic reference guide.
Stuart Munro-Hay is among the foremost Western authorities on Ethiopian history and culture. He has excavated there and made frequent research visits throughout the country.
List of Illustrations vi Foreword viii Acknowledgements x Preface 1 Part I The Land, the Church and the Travellers 13 1 An Outline Survey of Ethiopian History 15 2 The Ethiopian Church 40 3 Foreign Travellers in Ethiopia 60 Part II The Historical Sites of Ethiopia 67 4 Gondar 69 5 Gondar Churches, Qwesqwam and Islambet 142 6 Sites near Lake Tana 165 7 Harar 177 8 Lalibela 187 9 The Church of Yimrehana Krestos 225 10 Aksum 231 11 Churches of Aksum 302 12 Debra Damo 336 13 Rock Churches in the Wuqro Region 345 14 Yeha 350 Chronological Table 361 Select Bibliography 368 Index 374