By Tom Hart
Ethiopia was among the world’s first Christian countries, but its many remote churches remain hidden – even from the locals.
Ethiopia’s remote churches range from rock-hewn buildings perched on mountains to timber-built caves. These almost forgotten churches contain rich murals and vibrant manuscripts.
‘The churches were looked at by American scholars many years ago, but they only measured them. There was no interest in the paintings,’ says Maria-José Friedlander.
Friedlander set out to document Ethiopia’s most remote churches with her husband, Bob Friedlander. The result Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia has already been published in Ethiopia, and is now available in Europe.
Inside Abraha Atsbeha church (Image: Maria-Jose & Bob Friedlander/IB Tauris)