It there was one church that won my heart in Ethiopia, it was the Debre Birhan Sellassie of Gondor. Stepping into it was like stepping into a children’s biblical storybook. Angels adorn the roof and pillars of this truly divine dwelling, while every single other holy character is depicted on the walls in fading, though still very vivid colors.

Its keeper is a frail but tough old monk with an exquisite ability to catch rare sunlight rays in a tiny dimmed room full of saints. He took pride in keeping the key to this treasure, asked for nothing, and appreciatively welcomed my gift – a Russian coin bearing St. George, patron saint of both Moscow and Ethiopia, – gently turning it every way possible to better make out the relief in the metal.

Location: Gondor, Ethiopia
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Born in Ukraine, raised in Israel, and acquiring her higher education in the US, Sarit Reizin is proud to call herself a citizen of the world. However, to stay worthy of the title, she felt a nomadic lifestyle was in order, and in November 2005 left the comforts of the first world with no desire of coming back any time soon. http://HopStopTravel.com