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.

             The rock-hewn church of Eyesus Hintsa
 Located 61 km south of Mekelle, the church of Eyesus is hewn out of a sand stone rock probably in the 14th century. Local tradition attributes its construction to Abune Abraham, a monk who is also said to have created Debre Tsion, one of the most elaborate churches of the Gheraltal churches. The sheer size and elaboration of its carved architecture are striking. The church with rock-hewn entrance depicting a Greek cross has three doors and nine windows. Both openings have their exterior and interior scenes appearing circular and rectangular. The windows are made in such a way to allow enough light into the inner part of the church. The construction is executed following the Aksumite architectural styles.
The church holds six free standing pillars that are well decorated. The ceiling too is incised with striking designs and patterns. Some carry cross and sun lights. It is also alternatively ornamented with Aksumite blind arches, identical to that of Gheralta rock-hewn churches.

Khokholo Yohannes and Mikael Ara
Khokholo Yohannes
The village of Khokholo, situated 8km west of Mekelle, is best known for the cave of Abune Abreham and church of Khokholo Yohannes. It is endowed with four springs, which flow throughout the year, that enable the villagers to grow varieties of fruits and vegetables. Tradition holds that a monk named Abune Abreham hewed the pumice cliff and created a prayer room. This room has been covered by magnificent paintings similar to those found at Debre Tsion. But due to the porous nature of the rock, a tiny part of the painting is only visible.    
Mikael Ara
Located 8km east of Adi-gudom town, the church of Mikael Ara was built over one hundred years ago by Emperor Yohannes, in gratitude for the help given him by the inhabitants of the region when he had been forced to go in to hiding during the reign of Emperor Theodros II. The church has a castle like structure with refined masonry work. Two cruciform wooden pillars support its ceiling. The inner part, decorated with fine timbers, is very attractive. The church has its interior dressed with cloth decorated with painting of Saints and Angles.   The church also houses manuscripts, gold and slivers crosses, woods bearing murals as well as other valuable artifacts.

Addi  Abona Archeological site
Addi Abona is an Aksumite archaeological site located some 10kms away from the Mekelle-Addis Ababa main road that turns off to east before the small town of Hewane. It is most famously known as Maryam Nazere because of the church dedicated to Saint Mary and its traditional relations with Nazareth. For archaeologists, the site has been considered as the western end of the Aksumite civilization. This interesting but unexplored site contains a magnificent big church building constructed on the top of an Aksumite foundation. The architectural design of this church is so unusual and forces some visitors to relate it with Iranian architectural style. There are also several pillars to the west of the building demonstrating that the church could have been originally much larger than the presently preserved building. The surface of the church yard and the immediate surroundings are littered with pottery ranging in date from classical Aksumite to modern times. In addition to red, orange and black ware potteries, the archaeological data also include lithic knapped from obsidian and charts and even some grinding stones.

Romanat  and Chele’Anqua falls    

Romanat Fall
            The fall that creates a natural swimming pool deep in to its gorge is located 8km north west of Mekelle. The cold water in the swimming pool flourishes new life in the dry season. Inda Michael Church in Romanat is also a worth visiting church which has many thick indigenous trees in its compound. One can enjoy the songs of various bird species in the church compound. The Romanat fall is drawing the attention of many city residents and tourists in the weekends. It is a wonderful place to be visited in group with friends, family or staff members and so forth.
Chele’Anqua falls
       This fascinating fall is located near the small village of Debri, 6km south west of Mekelle.The Debri can be reached from different pathways that diverge from the city: from Hawlti monument and from Adi-Hawsi settlement. After passing a flat agricultural land locally known as “Maida Debri” one can visit the village which is the major supplier of guava fruit to Mekelle. Cruising like a missile the water falls some 300 meters deep into a gorge. The dangling cliff is made of huge black basalt rock and seems wisely curved to fit with the water and create a graceful view. While hitting the basalt rocks deep in the gorge, the water creates a smoke and sprinkles the dew. This creates an impressive feeling for visitors. With all its eye-catching cliffs, the Chele’Anqua fall is an amazing tourist attracting site within a short distance from the city. The cliff and the rocks are worth visiting especially for those who admire hiking.       

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