Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom by Philip MarsdenEthiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom by Philip Marsden

Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom

byPhilip Marsden, Mary Anne Fitzgerald

Hardcover | November 15, 2017

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The ancient Axumite Kingdom, now a part of Ethiopia, was possibly the first nation in the world to convert to Christianity. In AD 340 King Ezana commissioned the construction of the imposing basilica of St. Mary of Tsion. It was here, the Ethiopians say, that Menelik, son of King Solomon andthe Queen of Sheba, brought the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments. By the fifth century, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church had spread beyond Axum into the countryside, aided by nine saints from Byzantium, and over the next ten centuries a series of spectacular churches were eitherbuilt or excavated out of solid rock in the region, all of them in regular use to this day. Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has the best known cluster, but the northern state of Tigray, less famous and more remote, has many churches that are masterpieces of design.Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom traces the broad sweep of ecclesiastical history, legend, art, and faith in this sub-Saharan African kingdom and describes some seventy of the most breathtaking churches, with their astounding architecture, colorful decoration, and importantreligious festivals, all illustrated by more than eight hundred superb color photographs by some of the most celebrated international photographers of traditional cultures. This magnificent, large-format, full-color volume is the most comprehensive celebration yet published of the extraordinaryChristian architectural and cultural heritage of Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the third book on iconic sacred places published by Ludwig Publishing and the American University in Cairo Press, following the bestselling success of The Churches of Egypt and The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo.
Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of books of travel, history, and fiction. He visited Ethiopia several times in the 1980s before returning more recently to explore the northern highlands of Ethiopia on foot, a journey that he described in The Chains of Heaven: An Ethiopian Romance. His account of Emperor Tewodros ...
Title:Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient KingdomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 12 × 10 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774168437

ISBN - 13:9789774168437

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