Founded in 1284 by the legendary Ethiopian saint Abuna Tekle Haimanot, Debre Libanos monastery played an important part in spreading Christianity in central Ethiopia. The church and its surrounds witnessed many historic events, including arrival of the first Portuguese mission to Ethiopia in 1520, resistance of the Ethiopian patriots during the Italian invasion of 1936 – 1941, and much more.
Debre Libanos is an ideal destination for a day tour from Addis Ababa. Included in the tour is also a short hiking trip in the Portuguese Bridge area, where you can spot endemic gelada baboons.
Lunch in a local restaurant will allow you to taste dishes of Ethiopian cuisine and drink coffee prepared in a clay pot, traditional way.
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