Bahir Dar and Lake Tana

Bahir Dar & Lake Tana Tours
The Cradle Of Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

Arguably, Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile. It is an immense lake in the center, dotted with islands that are steeped in Judaism and Orthodox Christian history. Many claim that it was on one of the churches on the lake where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for hundreds of years before being moved to Axum when the St Mary chapel was constructed.

From a geographical perspective, Lake Tana is massive and covers an area of 3200 sq km. At its deepest part if is only 15 meters deep. At its southern end near to Bahir Dar, the Nile starts its course to join the White Nile at Khartoum by initially flowing south and over the Blue Nile Falls just 15km from the town of Bahir Dar.

Bahir Dar is the capital city of the Amhara district in northern Ethiopia. It’s a port on the south shore of the gigantic inland Lake Tana. Dek Island is one of the numerous islands in the lake that are home to middle age religious communities. On the Zege Peninsula, the Ura Kidane Mihret Monastery is known for its detailed, beautiful paintings. The Blue Nile River winds southeast of the city toward the transcending precipices at the Blue Nile Falls.

During the mid-twentieth century, the British, wanting to develop a torrent at the outlet of Lake Tana, dispatched a recent report group, for example, those of Dupis (1902), Grabham and Black (1920–21), and Cheesman (1926–34). In 1930 the Ethiopian Government shipped off Bahir Dar its own group of specialists, who depicted Bahir Dar as a town with impressive exchanging action, with a populace from the inside just as from Lake Tana ports, for example, Zege. Right now Bahir Dar was portrayed by different customary settlement zones, every one of which was recognized by the social position of its individuals involved.

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