Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia. It is also the source of the Blue Nile. Lake Tana is located in Amhara Region in north-west of Ethiopian Highlands. The lake is about 84 Km long, 66 Km wide and 15 meters deep.
The lake has a number of islands with about 19 of them having monasteries on them. The remains of ancient Ethopian emperors and treasures of the Ethiopian Church are kept in the isolated island.
The monasteries are believed to have been built over earlier religious sites. They include: Kebran Gabriel, Ura Kidane Mehret, Narga Selassie, Daga Estifanos, Kota Maryam, Medhane Alem and Mertola Maryam.
The Debre Maryam, Tana Qirqos and the Narga Selassie are said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant before it was moved to Axum. Frumentius a man who introduced Christianity to Ethiopia is believed to have been buried on Tana Cherqos,
Attractions Around Lake Tana and Old Monasteries
The beauty of Lake Tana truly be appreciated when on the outskirt of the city. Some of the major attractions around the lake include: the centuries old monasteries full of paintings and treasures, the lake supports life of numerous wetland birds such as the Great White Pelican and African Darter. African Soft-shell Turtle and many Paleartic migrant waterbirds reside at Lake Tana.
Explore the islands in Lake Tana which host old churches and monasteries. It is believed that the the remains of ancient Ethiopian emporos and treasures are kept in these islands.