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.