Bahir Dar is a beautiful city in the Province of Gojjam. It lies on the shore of Ethiopia’s largest body of water, Lake Tana. Lake Tana is the home to 37 islands and 20 monasteries of rich historical significance. It is told that on one of the islands, the Ark of the Covenant was held for a length of time. Lake Tana is also the source of the Blue Nile River which begins in Ethiopia and flows into Sudan. Not far from Bahir Dar are the majestic Blue Nile falls which are known in Amharic as Tisissat or “The water that smokes.“ The city is lined with beautiful palm trees and has a lovely beach on the shore for watching Pelicans and occasionally Hippo.
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