Some thirty rock-hewn churches adorn the tall sandstone cliffs of Gheralta, which rise to 2580m above the rocky plains northwest of Wukro and south of Hawzien. The jewel of Gheralta is Abuna Yemata Guh, a small but exquisitely painted church carved into a lofty perpendicular sandstone pinnacle at the west end of the escarpment. Other important edifices include Abuna Abraham Debre Tsion, a large monastic church reputedly founded in the sixth century, and Yohannis Maikudi and Debre Maryam Korkor, both of which are decorated with fine seventeenth-century murals. Be aware that Gheralta can be quite physically demanding to explore: most of the individual churches are reached by long, steep footpaths, some of which (particularly Abuna Yemata Guh) entail arduous climbs up near-vertical faces that can be potentially dangerous, especially when wet.

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