BAHIRDAR (LAKE TANA)
Lake Tana is the largest lake of Ethiopia that occupies an area of 3600 km and crossed by the longest river of the world which is Blue Nile. The city of Bahirdar is base for lake islands, the majestic falls of Blue Nile which is located 560 km of Addis Ababa, in the south eastern shore of Lake Tana and Gondar. It came into important trade and commercial centre since 18th c to Gondar and its surroundings. Apart from its scenic beauty and serves as a celebrated tourist destination, today it is one of the most administrative centers of the Region.
From Bahirdar one must explore some of the ancient monasteries that have been built in the islands of Lake Tana. It hosts the fabled Blue Nile (most spectular feature: the Tis Isat waterfalls), the beautiful Creator Lake of Tana and 14th century Island monasteries. The colorful local market at Bahir Dar is renowned for its weavers and wood workers are additional sites.
The islands still function some of the oldest and most beautiful Ethiopia’s glorious art and treasures. Some of the monasteries include Daga Stephan’s with its priceless collections of icons, as well as the remains of several medieval emperors, Kibran Gebraiel, Ura Kidane Mhiret, Debre Mariam, Tana Kirkos, Azuwa Mariam etc. with its famous frescoes.