Northern Ethiopia has been a stronghold for the Christian faith since 330AD - nearly 1700 years of faithful practice and tradition. The Ethiopian Christian faith is a based on Egyptian Coptic Christianity but has some significant differences. The most significant of these is the adoration of the Ark of the Covenant which, Ethiopians believe, was transported to Ethiopia by Menelik - the son of Solomon of the Queen of Sheba some time before 500BC.
One of the highlights of Ethiopia’s year is the annual Christmas celebration in Lalibela. Built in the 12th century as an alternate pilgrimage site to Jerusalem, Lalibela centers around 11 stone churches that have been hewn directly out of the living rock.