Yemrehanna Kristo, 12 ͦ 8’26’’N 39 ͦ 4’19’’E. After journeying from Lalibela through the dramatic lush, almost never ending, landscape of the Ethiopian Highlands, during the rainy season, we climbed near to the top of a mountain, capped by ancient Juniper forest. In front of us was a wide deep cave formed out of angular black ballast rock, behind a partial curtain formed by a waterfall. Beyond in the cave is the wonderful Yehrehanna Kristos church, dating from the 11th century. It is built in the Axumite style from juniper; small granite stones, bedded on clay mortar and covered in projecting bands of gypsum.
The church, that was built by the emperor Yehrehanna Kristos, and its holy water was an important site of pilgrimage during the medieval period.
Inside it originally had three alters but now of course just one holy of holies, below one of the domes. It was a real privilege to see the fine historic paint work, the coffered ceiling representing the up turned ark of Noah and a manbara tabot, the ‘seat of the tabot’, upon which the holy Tabot, representing the ark of the covenant, rests during the services, wrapped up in a small cloth, and placed below a luxurious larger one.
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people to …
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple Heart wood, going back into frames within the Garrison House at Bridgetown. Tutors and students from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, with a little support from Mark, copied adjacent windows to begin conservation work on this building.
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple…
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring a former slave hospital back into use, with an evening event to demonstrate the building’s potential to create a better future for all Bajans.
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring …