My high school world history book failed to mention the existence of Ethiopia’s Camelot. Built in the 1600s by King Fasilides, the castles illustrate the country’s historical ties to Western Europe and almost a hundred years of successful foreign relations with Portugal. Those hundred years were overshadowed, however, by the discovery of the New World […]

I can’t remember when I first learned about the Queen of Sheba’s love affair with King Solomon. In fact, I think I tried to correct my Ethiopian friends, “You mean Samson and Delilah, right?” And besides, why do memories of childhood Sunday-school classes keep resurrecting themselves in the context of Ethiopian emperors? The trouble is […]

Did you know that beyond the Greek and Roman ruins, beneath the Egyptian pyramids, and deep into the Abyss (i.e. Abyssinia aka Ethiopia), there exists a collection of 11 churches, all formed from excavated rock? Commissioned by King Lalibela of Ethiopia about 900 years ago, legend says that the whole collection was built in only […]