Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ethiopian Church exterior

For That's My World and also ABC Wednesday, E is for Ethiopian Church--exterior.

If you walk down the narrow lane just outside Jerusalem's Old City  to No. 10 Ethiopia Street,

you will find the (Ethiopian Orthodox)  Ethiopian Church.
It was built in stages between 1874 and 1901. 

The Bible says (I Kings 10:1-6) that the Queen of Sheba traveled to Jerusalem  in a great caravan to visit King Solomon.
According to Ethiopian tradition, the Ethiopian royal dynasty began with a union between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Our symbol, the Lion of Judah, also became the emblem of the Ethiopian kingdom, but with the addition of a cross and crown.

When you come to visit, you may have to ask to have the church unlocked.
Here in the picture a nun smiles as the monk removes his shoes and opens the door for us.
Please come back tomorrow to see the surprising interior.
It is Jerusalem's only circular church sanctuary.


VP said...

There is a whole epic, the Kebra Nagast, written about Salomon an Queen of Sheba. A legend says that Ark of Covenant itself is kept in a church in Axum, Ethiopia.

Francisca said...

That's a beautiful structure. I'll be back tomorrow to see the interior, Dina. Now to go post my E... :-)

Pietro said...

Wonderful church, Dina. I also will be back tomorrow for the interior.

Dina said...

VP, thanks for the name of the epic. I went now to read about it. Fascinating.
Once I saw a TV program about the little church in Ethiopia that MIGHT be guarding the Holy Ark. Can such a secret really be held on to for so long? Another mystery.

Jedediah said...

Beautiful. I'll definitely be back tomorrow, I want to know how it looks from the inside.

mrsnesbitt said...

I too will be back tomorrow - a tour! Wow!

ABC Team

Jingle said...

elegant church building.
Thanks for sharing.

Kay L. Davies said...

Fascinating, Dina. I'm also looking forward to seeing more.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Roger Owen Green said...

fascinated by the theological differents amongst Christian churches.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - ROG

Kay said...

More things I sure didn't know. Great photos and history, Dina.

Ann said...

I am always intriqued by the Ethiopian Jews.

Dina said...

Ann, if you want to see a colorful post about Ethiopian JEWS in Israel please see

Rayna Eliana said...

What beautiful captures! I like the one with the nun and monk at the door, so filled with mood and emotion.

Cloudia said...

Bless you my dear cousin!!!!!!!!

Hels said...

In a way it is surprising that there aren't heaps of circular churches in Jerusalem. After all, rightly or wrongly, the medieval histories believed the original Church of the Holy Sepulchre was circular.

Petrea said...

So much remarkable architecture in Jerusalem.

Wanda said...

What a facinating read about King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

These are beautiful buildings.

JM said...

The building looks great on the second pic and I also like the detail that follows.