Photographer's Note

Mahdist Sudanese dervishes turned up in Gondar in the 1880s and destroyed all of the churches in the city, with one exception. The church of Debre Berhan Selassie. At the time of its construction by Emperor Eyasu II in the 17th century, it was not unusual, however today, as the last remaining church in Gondar from that period, it is of some note. The outside is relatively uninteresting however it belies the interior which is covered in frescoes depicting a multitude of religious scenes, some pretty grim. The ceiling though is the real stand out feature and that is what you see here. It is decorated with 135 faces of cherubs, symbolising the all seeing nature of God. Well there were 135 now 13 fewer due to water damage. And when you see the poor maintenance outside it won't be surprising.

f/8.0, 8s, ISO200, 16mm

no flash allowed, so I rested my camera on the floor and used the remote control.

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Additional Photos by Stephen Harnett (SteveH) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 407 W: 101 N: 1287] (8172)
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