Chelekot Selassie Church
This church is found 17 kilometers away from Mekelle. Seated in the middle of the valley at the foot hills of the famous mountain, Imba Aredom, another battle ground of the war against colonial aggression, Chelekot is a tiny village of enormous historical heritage.
Known for its ecclesiastical and royal treasures, Chelekot Selassie is the church from which the village’s significance springs. Believed to have been built in the late 18th or early 19th century, the church is famous for its amazing paintings, manuscripts and church treasures. It is also a repository of several artifacts donated by different kings and international travellers. Notable among them is the gilt tankard the 19th century traveler Henry Salt had donated to Ras Woldeslassie of Tigrai. Nathaniel Pears lived in Chelekot for nine years before writing his book, Travels and Adventures in Abyssinia.
Chelekot Selassie is also the site where the wife of Ethiopia’s famous king – Emperor Tewodros – was buried. Itege (Empress) Trunesh died shortly after the Emperor had committed suicide refusing to surrender to the British army.