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  • The Lalibela Churches

    The town and churches are named after an early thirteenth century king called Lalibela, which means the bees recognize his sovereignty for he was supposedly surrounded by them and at his birth. lalibela was part of a dynasty which traced its origins back to the kings of Israel. One day the king was given a vision of Jerusalem and inspired to build a New Jerusalem as his capital. This was quite possibly in response to news of the capture of Jerusalem by Saladin in eleven eighty seven. King lalibela immediately set about making plans to build his new Jerusalem. He was determined that the town of Roha would become a city worthy of the name Jerusalem to stand the test of time. he began by renaming aspects of the town's to reflect biblical names the river which ran through became the river Jordan and crossed this new Jerusalem sprang a total of thirteen churches. According to legend these buildings sprang up remarkably quickly with men working on them during the day. And night shift work by angels who naturally work twice as fast.

    Possibly the largest monolithic church in the world, its style is believed to have been inspired by Saint Mary of Zion church in the nearby city of Axum. And it currently serves as the home of one of Ethiopia’s most precious religious and historical alum Lalibela cross, bet medhanialem forms part of a complex along with bet Mariam; Mary’s church and bet golgota the church of golgota. Mary’s church is possibly the oldest of all the structures in Lalibela within the church is beautifully designed covered in ornate geometric designs incredibly vibrant colors. The church of golgota is set to contain the tomb of king learned a lot in cells, along with the Selassie chapel, supposed father of the world. Next we take a look at the western groups and bet deal Georgis, church of Saint George. This cross shaped building has been called the eighth wonder of the world. It is the best preserved and probably the last to be built at the Lalibela churches. carved from solid red volcanic rocks is the striking structure sunk into the hillside once again craftsmanship is of the highest standard with beautiful details such as hair or a window, and of course within the church of saint George there are in fact images.

    Finally we look to the eastern group and bet Emmanuel, the church of God is with us. The architecture of this church distinctive carved from one rock. It shares many features with other buildings in this part of Africa. Nearby is best Merkorios, partially collapsed in the earthquake possibly a former prison and ironically supposed to represent paradise. Next, bet Aba Libanos, house of the Holy Father carved from sub surface rock face can still be seen above. And finally, bet Gabriel Rufael church of Gabriel and Rufael.this church was possibly form of oil pallets and is linked to a holy bakery. All these magnificent buildings raise the question how did king Lalibela constructed them in the forty year reign? One can see why such a feat is said to have been helped along by angels, however might be another explanation as to how the town of Lalibela Taylor gained its fabulous churches. It has been noted that the architectural style represented here at the monastery of Debredamo is replicated in at least two of the churches in Lalibela. This style has its origins in the sixth century is said to have inspired work at Lalibela and be completed after the king's death.

    However recent research throws out this hypothesis and suggests instead that the churches of the Merkorios, Gabriel and Rufael was built up to five hundred years earlier by the Axumite kingdom.  in the last days of Axum's power IT has been suggested that the eastern buildings at Lalibela were constructed as fortifications and palace structures for officials. These structures inspired by a broader architectural heritage may well have inspired the work at Lalibela to begin and explain how the king can be said to complete them himself. There is also the suggestion by local historian bet Aba Libanos was built after the king's reign. The king's widowed queen is credited with building Aba Libanos as a memorial in the wake of her husband's death. This theory stretches the time line further and enable some buildings have been built before.  Debate and research continues but whatever the case may be one thing is certain; the churches at Lalibela were not constructed by Templar knights or aliens for that matter. What they were and are however are remarkable feats of engineering and architecture, they are home to stunning works about more than six hundred years old, and thus rightly or focus of national pride pageantry.

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  • meaning behind the names of mekelle university campuses

    Mekelle University, a quarter-century old university is found in Mekelle, a town found in northern part of Ethiopia. This university is one of the leading higher educational institutes in the country located in different campuses named “Arid”, Business (Adihaki), “Ayder”, and “Kelamino”. These four different campuses have names for their different places and buildings. Let’s begin by Adihaki campus.

    1)      “Kenenisa” Building

    You may want to ask this question, what this building has got to do with kenenisa? The answer is as simple as this – Speed. Kenenisa building showed rapid progress starting from the day corner stone has laid till it was ready for dormitory service. Some of them said it was hard to believe. At the final point of construction Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele won the 10,000 and 5,000ntrack races; hence the name was given to the building.

    2)      Darfur Building

    This name is frequently mentioned on TV, Radio and Newspapers with war and ethnic conflicts. Although this building is not currently giving services but still it is serving as the name and for male and female dormitory. Because this dormitory holds up to 26 students in one room, it’s full of quarrels, noise, music and sometimes small and big robbing can happen here especially in male students this name deserves it.

    The Names of Arid Campus

    1)       “Ashegoda” or Lucy

    When you enter into Arid campus to the lefts side you will find a newly built teaching class and male students dormitory. This place is so windy that during night students are forced to wear clothes that gives them warm. This place is called “Ashegoda”, named after a place found when you enter Mekelle. This place has wind farm project which generates 150 megawatt electric power.

                Right after this building you will find female students dormitory area. Between those buildings there is a fence. This building is called “Hidase” (Renaissance) building, named after the burning issue of the great Ethiopian renaissance dam. At the same place you will find the old dormitory area of female students though now it’s serving as dormitory of male students which created paradox.

    2)      Africa Hood

    This place is found in different area from lucy and hidase buildings and has relatively interesting vibe. It serves as the room for graduating students. The main reason that makes it more interesting is that it’s great spot for music, art events and other events like crazy day, water day and culture day.

    3)      The “Gedam” hood

    Gedam (monastery) hood is male students’ dormitory filled with tall trees that creates fresh air. In this area you can rarely see female students; hence it’s given the name.

    4)       “ ken’an”

    This place has almost the same history with ken’an in the holy bible because this place took more time to build starting from the day the university has promised.

    5)       “Sawa”

    This dormitory building doesn’t exist anymore. In the earlier times up to 26 students used to live in one room and life in here was probably hard. Sawa is a military camp found in Eritrea; hence the name was given. 

     

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  • Rahel Art Gallery : An Eye Opener Place for Art

    At the heart of mekelle there’s one eye catchy, compound filled with green trees and fresh air. Rahel art gallery is one of the leading places in mekelle to refresh your self and gather up friends to have good time. It was opened in 2014 by painter Rahel Buluts aimed to promote art and create one option for entertainment in mekelle, a town experiencing shortage of entertainment areas.

      Rahel art gallery owns a gallery which combines various collection of paintings and sculptures made by young and experienced artists. Inside the art gallery there are two rooms which are dedicatedly open the whole day for domestic and foreign visitors.

    Inside the compound, there’s a coffee shop where people can enjoy drinking coffee or tea and eat the domestic bread named as “hanzza” with “mess” an Ethiopian domestic drink originally made of honey. In addition there are many books written by different authors which are free to be read by the customers of the art gallery.

                    Rahel art gallery is well known by its art event which takes place every Saturday afternoon at 9 o’clock local time. At this event many young and experienced writers present their short novel, poems, monologues and jokes from mekelle city and its surrounding towns. This art event is also becoming one big venue for inauguration of books and stage for inspirational speeches by different scholars.

                    Outside the compound, there’s one room filled with different cultural and historic gift items where many tourists purchase gift for their beloved ones.

     

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  • Kebron Charity Club: Perfect Model for Humanity.

    Kebron charity club was established by 32 volunteer youths who lives in mekelle city in Nov 06, 2015 and registered under 338/2008 of Tigray social affairs bureau to solve the socio-economic problems of society and made its focus area in children, with age range between 7-15 years old. In the current situation kebron has 42 children under its umbrella and it has been providing them all rounded supports especially educational supports.

    Objectives

    • To provide educational materials to the children.
    • To create and develop culture of helping each other in the society.
    • To see a harmonized and problem free society.
    • And providing all rounded support so as the students will be in school.

    Kebron always acts as a bridge between the society and the poor students and tries to fill the gap in between. Kebron helps those children to be in school by providing all educational related materials.


    Mission

    • To maximize students’ self-confidence and self-esteem so as to use their talents effectively.
    • To solve the socio-economic problems and cultural influences on the students by integrating with parents, teachers and other concerned bodies.
    • To make schools the source of students with good ethics and self-confidence.

    Activities done by Kebron in 2015

    • In the beginning of 2015 it has given a hundred dozens of exercise books, three packs of pens and pencils to students found around “ Aynalem “.
    • Has provided sanitary materials such as soaps, detergents, combs, hair oils and modes for female students.
    • Kebron has spent holidays like Christmas and Easter with street children and elders and made a donation of clothes and shoes that was collected from people around mekelle.
    • And has given 42 hens with all accessories to the students’ family for Easter holiday.


    < One Pack for One Child >

    It is a one method of collecting educational materials and involving and creating awareness to the society.

    One pack for one child stands for...

          - 12 exercise books,

           - 2 pens,

            - 2 pencils,

           - 2 sharpeners,

           - 2 rubbers for one child. Kebron Charity club has collected above 300 packs, which is estimated above 45000 birr, and distributed it to 300 students from the seven sub cities of mekelle.  

     

     

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