Ethiopia is a land of hidden treasures, and among the greatest are its remote churches, whose richly decorated interiors amaze and astound with their vibrant colours and extraordinary illustration. Yet steeped in ancient legend, and often situated in remote locations, a true appreciation and understanding of these unique churches and their spectacular murals has been restricted to a select few. Now, in Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, Maria-Jose Friedlander provides a unique guide to the churches, their architecture and decoration. Ranging from the rock-hewn churches of the Tigray region to the spectacular timber-built cave church of Yemrehane Krestos, Maria-Jose Friedlander provides detailed descriptions of the wonderful murals and of the stories behind them. Many of the wall paintings contain inscriptions in Ge'ez - the ancient language of Ethiopia - and full translations of these scripts are given. Detailed plans show the exact location of the paintings within the churches and the superb colour photographs by Bob Friedlander show the many aspects of the churches and their decoration in rich detail.
Maria-Jose Friedlander has a degree in art history from London University, UK. She has travelled extensively and has been a specialist tour guide in many countries around the world.
Bob Friedlander studied engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge and was a managing director with the Ford.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction by Richard Pankhurst, OBE 1. The Architecture of the Churches 2. Ethiopian Christianity and Saints The Coming of Christianity The Nine Syrian saints Other Saints The Equestrian Saints Iconography of the Virgin Mary 3. The Jesuit Interlude The First Legation Pedro Paez After Paez The Jesuit Influence on Ethiopian Art 4. The Churches of Tigray The Rock Hewn Churches of Geralta Yohannes Meaquddi Kidana Mehrat on Debre Tsion Maryam Korkor and Daniel Korkor Maryam Korkor Daniel Korkor Maryam Papasetti Abuna Gabre Mikael at Koraro Abreha Atsbeha The Rock Hewn Churches of Tsaeda Amba Mikael Biet Mahar Petros and Paulos Mikael Melehayzenghi Medhane Alem of Adi Kasho 5. The Gondarine Churches Debre Berhan Selassie at Gondar Debre Sina Maryam at Gorgora Narga Selassie on Lake Tana 6. The Churches near Lalibela Yemrahane Krestos Ghenate Maryam Makina Medhane Alem Chronology of Kings and Emperors The Ethiopian Calendar Glossary Bibliography Index