The largest island on Lake Ziway, rising some 350m above the surface, is known as Tulu Gudo (“Large Mountain”) to the local Oromo and as Debre Tsion (“Mount Zion”) to the Amhara. It is the site of the ancient hilltop monastery of Maryam Tsion, which was reputedly founded by Christian refugees who carried the Ark of the Covenant there for safekeeping during the reign of Queen Yodit. The monastery houses several illuminated fourteenth-century Ge’ez manuscripts, and is particularly recommended for those not visiting any of the monasteries further north.

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