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Bahir Dar is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana the source of the Blue Nile (or Abay). The city is located approximately 578 km north-northwest of Addis Ababa. and an elevation of about 1,800 metres (5,906 feet)above sea level.

The Blue Nile, locally known as Abbay, is the major tributory of the great Nile river - the longest river in the world. The Blue Nile river starts from Ethiopia's lake Tana and merges with the smaller tributory White Nile at Khartoum Sudan to form the Nile River. The mysterious Nile was long hidden from Western geographers and explorers. It was not until the expeditions of such great travellers as Bruce, Burton, and Speke that the secret of this grand river—which had fascinated, and eluded, even the ancient Romans and Greeks - was revealed. It was then confirmed that the White Nile originates in East Africa's Lake Victoria, while the Blue Nile pours out of Ethiopia's Lake Tana.
                             Monastory Tana

From Bahirdar one must explore some of the ancient monasteries that have been built around Lake Tana, or on the many Islands. The colourful local market at Bahirdar is renowned for its weavers and wood workers.
Lake Tana, the largest lake, in Ethiopia is the source and from where the famed Blue Nile starts its long journey to Khartoum, and on to the Mediterranean. The 37 islands that are scattered about the surface of the Lake shelter fascinating churches and monasteries, some of which have histories dating back to the 13th Century. However, it should be noted that most of the religious houses are not open to women. The most interesting islands are: Birgida Mariam, Dega Estefanous, Dek, Narga, Tana Cherkos, Mitsele Fasiledes, Kebran and Debre Mariam.

Kebran Gabriel is the principal monastery visited by male tourists from Bahirdar, with its impressive Cathedral-like building first built at the end of the 17th Century. Dega Estephanos, which is also closed to women, is on an island in the lake, and the monastery is reached by a very steep and winding path. Although the church is relatively new ( only hundred years old) , it houses a Madonna painted in the 15th century. However, the treasury of the monastery is a prime attraction, with the remains of several Emperors, as well as their robes and jewels.
On the banks of the lake are many more religious houses, such as Ura Kidane Mehret and Narga Selassie, many of which are also open to be visited by women.

 
     
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  Ethiopia covers an area of 1.14 million square kilometers
Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages spoken in the country
Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 hours time zone. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar.
The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
   
   
   
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