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Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia: A Guide to the Remote Churches of an Ancient Land

Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia: A Guide to the Remote Churches of an Ancient Land

Edited by: Marie-Jose Friedlander, Bob Friedlander | Introduction by: Richard Pankhurst

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Ethiopia is a land of hidden treasures, and among the greatest are its remote churches, whose richly decorated interiors amaze and astound with their vibrant colours and extraordinary illustration. Yet steeped in ancient legend, and often situated in remote locations, a true appreciation and understanding of these unique churches and their spectacular murals has been restricted to a select few. Now, in Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, Maria-Jose Friedlander provides a unique guide to the churches, their architecture and decoration. Ranging from the rock-hewn churches of the Tigray region to the spectacular timber-built cave church of Yemrehane Krestos, Maria-Jose Friedlander provides detailed descriptions of the wonderful murals and of the stories behind them. Many of the wall paintings contain inscriptions in Ge'ez - the ancient language of Ethiopia - and full translations of these scripts are given. Detailed plans show the exact location of the paintings within the churches and the superb colour photographs by Bob Friedlander show the many aspects of the churches and their decoration in rich detail.

Author Info

Maria-Jose Friedlander has a degree in art history from London University. She has travelled extensively and has been a specialist tour guide in many countries around the world. Bob Friedlander studied engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge and was a managing director with the Ford.


‘A remarkable work of scholarship and love’
Travel Africa Magazine

‘A vivid invitation to encounter one of the great, but often overlooked, traditions of world Christianity’
Church Times

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780768168
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2015
Number of Pages: 352
Height: 246
Width: 189
Illustrations: 180 colour integrated, 21 diagrams, 3 maps

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