(religious inspired music) – [Narrator] The Tigray
Region in Northern Ethiopia is known for its assembly
of rock-hewn churches. Sculpted out of sandstone, the most wondrous of
these is Abuna Yemata Guh. There’s only one way up. You have to climb this cliff face. Welcome to the world’s
most perilous church. Established in the fifth century, the church is named after its founder and builder, Father Yemata. Perched 650 feet above a steep cliff, some say he chose its location to be closer to heavenly spirits, others argue it was a strategic
move to avoid his enemies. Either way, the church’s location, ceiling frescoes and
precious goat skin bible have attracted worshipers for centuries. The church has 20 clergymen. And is managed by this
high-ranking priest. He has lived here for over 47 years. And he makes the climb everyday. (speaking foreign language) – [Narrator] For fearless worshipers, the two hour trek to
the top begins by hiking to the bottom of the rock
from the valley below. Visitors must first remove
their shoes before climbing. (speaking foreign language) – [Narrator] The final obstacle
to the church’s entrance can test the most ardent pilgrim’s faith. A narrow cliff ledge with
a deadly drop to left and no room for error. Once through you may
think you’re in heaven, but you’ve never felt more alive. (speaking foreign language)

Ethiopia’s Chapel in the Sky
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100 thoughts on “Ethiopia’s Chapel in the Sky

  • July 19, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    That's amazing. And they carry their babies on their back!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is His slave and Messenger and Jesus is His slave and Messenger!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    …and many people miss Church service when raining…

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  • July 20, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Thank you all for your amazing comments and your view about Our Ethiopia.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    Unbelievable church, I am from India and following Hinduism, but the way you respect and follow besides the life threatening mountain climb, I wish you all will be in the safe hands of almighty. God bless. Oh… Man, I am so scary to see this video again

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    White dude @ 1:01 Hey ! Can't be white wright ?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    0:53 Right arch support has 2 white dudes with a Black chick 1st left of them with baby.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    0:58 more white folks again but on the ceiling !

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:54 am
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    I noticed a lot of man made structures & domains on these cliffs & rocks shown. Not mentioned.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    أشكالهم يمنية رغم السمرة وعظامهم يمنية وكلامه مثل الطوارق

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    how many of us know that this country has the arc of the covenant?
    how many of us know that one of the rivers of eden starts in ethiopia? River Ghion!
    how many of us know Enoch who walked with God was ethiopique?

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  • July 21, 2019 at 12:32 am
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    Many blessings to you , my Ethiopian brothers and sisters , from here in Ireland, for many centuries we used to have churches that were built on top of great mountains , the reasoning behind this ? ..Simple , it's closer to both the heavens and God….💓💓💓🍡🍡🍡🍡

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  • July 21, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    Ummm.. I need this to either lose some weight or to humble me.. or both.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    lousy documentary, they don't show the churchl

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  • July 21, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    God bless Ethopia. Amen

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  • July 21, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    Who is the fearless videographer????

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  • July 22, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    That last part of the climb looked very very dangerous. I wonder why the video didn't mention how many people attempt the climb and end up in heaven instead.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    Im going b4 i leave thos earth this lifetime😇🤷👀🌷☝👼💔💜😘😊💖💛🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇯🇲🇮🇹🇮🇪🇲🇫🇵🇷🇺🇸🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭😆😍😮😯😮💋💜💯💙💥💥💥💫💫💫💫💭☝☝☝🙏💁‍♀️

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  • July 23, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    When the day comes, they will know their god…..

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  • July 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    Beautiful

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  • July 23, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Jeremiah 13:23
    "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil."

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  • July 24, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    Don't try to make that climb after drinking sacrament wine

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  • July 24, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    Ahí pronto iré!

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  • July 24, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    Amazing faith remarkable n church is sooooooooo beautiful all glory to be Jesus 🙏⛪😍💜

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  • July 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm
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    Nope nope nope nope nope

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  • July 25, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Yea, you betta know the Lord before climbing this mountain to go to church lol. I was sweating just watching them climb and walk across that narrow strip to enter the church.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    I wanna hear what they r preaching about…

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  • July 26, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    Beautiful place indeed! But how useless all the efforts of that people in trying to get their salvation. It's only by believing in Jesus Christ and that He was risen from the dead that we are saved. Then the rest of our lives sanctify (separate) from the world and love God first then our neighbors as described in His Law

    THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF GOD

    I  I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
    Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    II Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth
    Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
    And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

    III Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

    IV Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
    But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
    For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

    V Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

    VI Thou shalt not murder.

    VII Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    VIII Thou shalt not steal.

    IX Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

    X Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

    Exodus 20:2-17 KJV

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  • July 26, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    Does God wants them to that climbing to pray??? Or they do that there own????u must follow only written in bible

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  • July 26, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Much respect God bless Ethiopia! From your Christian brethren in India!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 9:13 am
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    If you fall off, you go straight to heaven.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    Are they trying to reach the HIGHEST?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    Ethiopia is in the Holy Bible Truth.

    Esther 8:9
    1611KJB
    “Then were the kings scribes called at that time, in the third moneth, (that is, the month Siuan) on the three and twentieth day thereof, and it was written (according to all that Mordecai commanded) vnto the Iewes, and to the Lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the prouinces, which are from India vnto Ethiopia, an hundred, twentie and seuen prouinces, vnto euery prouince according to the writing thereof, and vnto euery people after their language, and to the Iewes, according to their writing, and according to their language.” 

    1611 King James Version (KJV)

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    Jesus The all Mighty I adore You

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  • July 29, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    Could be that they built the church up there for fear of mohammaden invasion.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    ESTOS WEYES SON SUICIDAS 🤔🤔🇲🇽

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  • July 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    May god bless all the visitors there, truly takes alot of faith!! Amazing structure!!!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    Eithopia, a country full of great historical architecture.

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  • August 1, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    The best zombie Apocalypse fortress ever

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  • August 1, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Imagine Sunday morning in my house when I was very young..Moms would enter the bedroom and open the shade on the window and say Time to get up and get ready for church.We were out the door and on our way to church a little while later.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    Crazy!

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  • August 2, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    I'm not religious but I want to go there and pay my respects to these people and their faith. This is incredible.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    Pleased to see this video as an Ethiopian Orthodox follower . May the Lord keep this religion.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Uhh, no thanks. I'll stick to my street level church.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    Dear uncle,you look like my neighbor landlord who just returned from his paddy crop of his fields.The simplicity,the head wear(turban) all the same.Love from India.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Its an alligory EVEN TO REACH GODS KINGDOM AFTER BEING BORN AGAIN BY BELIEVING IN THE ONLY LORD JESUS CHRIST, WE HAVE TO KEEP CLIMBIBG AGAINST ALL ODDS IN THIS CHEATING TRECHEROUS WORLD.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    What beauty has this earth for us in our life. It's a miracle.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    The hardest part is going down.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    Does any one know the starting music???

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    Visited it a couple of weeks ago, cool place.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    This is truly an amazing journey! specially for the mother carrying her baby on her back!!! what a great fate!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Its much easier and much safer being atheist.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    ተዋህዶ ብዙ ሚስጢር አላት

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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    And so it is..

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:34 am
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    I will just pray at the foot of the rock mountain.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Not Ethiopia!!😏
    Its called Tigray😆😆

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    AMEN Egziabhear Wedza yadresen

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Thank you @Great Big Story for showing the world how great our country is for the world! and all of you for your kind words about our church! God bless you all!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    i want to see the path down

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  • August 17, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    I want to send my mother-in-law to that church……😏

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    The best in the world its so amazing its so great… Oh my god that place is heaven

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    What a great, unbelievable information for the faith in Jesus as God!

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    I'm ethiopian and orthodox christian
    I'm proud of my country.
    God bless

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    The world doesn't know better about Ethiopia we have alot of interseting historys to share with others but eouropans hide our history stell and burn our books and churchs.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    Ethiopia is the first country that accept Christianity next to Israel and Muslims next to Saudi without war.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 9:47 am
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    I am not sure how much father yemata appreicates this 😐

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    Ethopian are one of the most interesting people. Would love to visit them one day

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  • August 22, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    SAD

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    Brothers and sisters read Isaiah 18
    Shalom .

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  • August 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    2hr trek 2 the top!! And blacks say their church services take long, man please.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    Myths of pagon Roman.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    It's dating back to 5 century; so, this church is older than islam!  Is it the oldest church on earth??

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  • August 24, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    Great chapel of the world

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  • August 25, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    Climb to a church. Shit man I'm too lazy to walk to the fridge

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  • August 26, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    Is no one asking who/what made this church THAT LONG AGO? He said it was made by God. The architecture. HOW???? And why? But mainly who/what and how???🤔🤔🤔

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  • August 26, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    Jesus lives.. Amen

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  • August 26, 2019 at 9:55 am
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    Greetings to be for our Ethiopian brothers love and respect from Great Green Afghanistan long live to the Ethiopia.com vs af.com

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  • August 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    God bless Ethiopia

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  • August 27, 2019 at 9:01 am
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    if these Christians didn't help us at the beginning of Islam

    When the new Muslims were run to save their lives When they had to leave Arabia And went to Abyssinia .

    Islam would not have continued without their help.

    Greetings to you from Mecca⁦ ❤️⁩

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  • August 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    I must go

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  • August 27, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    God bless the people of Ethiopia.with sheer faith alone,gives this Christian brothers and sisters the courage to navigate this death defying climb.greetings from the only Christian country in Asia.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    Feels like a Martial Arts movie where the Protagonist climbs a mountain to train with the master of Whatever Fu

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  • August 28, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    Oh hell no Im not climbing shit! I would turn Atheist!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    Warmest regards from us in Indonesia. God bless

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  • August 28, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    WOW WHAT CREATURE WAS THIS

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    No need to go church with such a risk. God is every where he said in the Bible itself

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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:40 am
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    This is not ethiopia this is tigray .we tigrayn working for

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  • August 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    God bless

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  • August 30, 2019 at 5:34 am
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    Let's hope and Pray ISIS doesnt destroy that.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Do they pray to white God Jesus or is he Ethiopian too?

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  • August 30, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Mountain goats lol

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    Nothing is hidden under drone technology.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    NeedGod.com

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  • September 1, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    102019-9-1 10:54 十万年後

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  • September 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    but no showing how it is they get DOWN! wow! going UP is only half the challenge, no?

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  • September 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    ተአምር ሚታይባት ከአለም ብቸኛዋ ሀገር ኢትዮጲያ ተአምር ነው እዴት ተፈለፈለ አሜን!!!

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  • September 2, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Long live Ethiopia

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  • September 2, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    NRFP👔⚡️💸

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