The tragic incident at Ziquala Abo Monastery


Four priests were brutally killed in Ziquala Abo Monastery, the church asked the government to provide protection. This ancient monastery is located 80 km Southeast of Addis Ababa, en route to Ethio-Djibouti Road. Named after Abune Gebre MenfesKidus, an Egyptian monk who was one of the 9 Saints that entered Ethiopia preaching the Bible, this place offers an amazing view over the great East African Rift Valley Lakes, as it is found 2900Meters above Sea Level. 


At the top of the Mountain is one of the oldest (500 Years) monasteries in Ethiopia, and the new Marry Church. It is densely covered with different endemic vegetation that makes an absolute calmness and allows enjoying the day with nature and wildlife, Columbus Monkey, and big birds. En route to this site or on your way back, the city of Bishoftu offers excellent relaxation options with various resorts and Lakes.


Drive from Addis Ababa to Debre-Zeit 42 km South of Addis Ababa and turn right to drive up the hills and climb the Mountain of Ziquala 3000m. This elevation made it a watch tower of the central Rift Valley region with a cool climate on the top. On the top of the mountain is situated the Monastery of “Zikuala Abo”. Right behind the monastery is the volcanic Crater Lake of Zikuala. Drive back to Debre Zeit for lunch stop and visit some of the many volcanic crater lakes around then drive back to Addis Ababa.

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