Bahar Dar, the next stop, is 578 Kilometers from Addis Ababa, and is located on the southern shores of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, with its ancient islands monasteries and both the Blue and the White Nile’s most spectacular feature, the Tis Isat waterfalls. On the island of Dega Estefanos, you will find the church of Saint Stefanos which has a priceless collection of icons and manuscripts and houses the mummified remains of a number of Ethiopian Emperors.
The colorful markets and a variety of handicrafts and weaving centers also make it a comfortable base for excursion by land or water. Bahar Dar port provides access by boat to a number of historic lake-side churches and monasteries near and far. Most date from the 17th century and have beautifully painted walls. Many such places of worship now have fascinating museum, at which the visitors can see priceless illustrated manuscripts, historic crowns and fine royal and ecclesiastical robes. Some monastic islands are forbidden to women, but others can be visited by both genders.
Visitors to Bahar Dar can also see tankwas locally made canoes, made out of the papyrus reeds growing by the lake shore, as well as a historic old building erected in St. Georges church compound by the 17th century Spanish Jesuit, Pero Paes.