Widely regarded as one of the finest rock-hewn churches in Tigrai, Abreha we Atsbeha is also one of the most accessible, situated practically alongside the road to the Gheralta escarpment only 17km northwest of Wukro. It has a massive cruciform interior, perhaps the largest of the region’s rock-cut churches, and an elaborately carved roof supported by thick pillars and decorated arches. The church is said to have been excavated by Ezana and Atsbeha; centuries later, it was attacked by Queen Yodit, who took ill immediately on entering, only to be swept to her death by a heavenly gale that landed her body on the outskirts of Wukro.

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