Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom by Mary Anne FitzgeraldEthiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom by Mary Anne Fitzgerald

Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom

byMary Anne Fitzgerald, Philip Marsden

Hardcover | November 20, 2017

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The ancient Aksumite Kingdom, now a part of Ethiopia, was among the first in the world to adopt Christianity as the official state religion. 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 and the Queen of Sheba, brought the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments. By the fifth century, nine saints from Byzantium were spreading the faith deep into the mountainous countryside, and over the next ten centuries a series of spectacular churches were either built or excavated out of solid rock, all of them in regular use to this day. Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has the best known cluster, but the northern region of Tigray, less well known and more remote, has many churches that are architectural masterpieces of the basilical type.Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom traces the broad sweep of ecclesiastic history, legend, art, and faith in this sub-Saharan African kingdom as seen through the prism of sixty-six breathtaking churches, unveiling the secrets of their medieval murals, their colorful history, and the rich panoply of their religious festivals, all illustrated with 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 Ethiopia's extraordinary Christian heritage. Ethiopia is the third book on iconic places of worship 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.
Mary Anne Fitzgerald has covered eastern Africa for The Economist, the Financial Times, and The Sunday Times of London, and is the author of eleven books on Africa, including the bestselling Nomad: One Woman's Journey into the Heart of Africa. She lives in Kenya. Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of books of trave...
Title:Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient KingdomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:536 pages, 13.5 × 10 × 0.98 inPublished:November 20, 2017Publisher:The American University in Cairo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774168437

ISBN - 13:9789774168437

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