The “World’s Most Dangerous Church”? If You Go There, You’re Guaranteed to Get High October 19, 2014

The “World’s Most Dangerous Church”? If You Go There, You’re Guaranteed to Get High

For most people in the West, going to church is preceded by getting into their car and rolling up to their preferred house of God.

It’s a little different at this church in Ethiopia. Going to it means defying death.

The church, which is dug into the side of a cliff, sits roughly 2,500 feet above the ground. To access it, you must scale a portion of the cliff, walk on numerous narrow bridges and finally hop skip and jump your way into the entrance.

Like so:

I’d visit, but they’d have to helicopter me in (and out). Photographer Philip Lee Harvey, however, was undaunted by the climb and the nerve-wracking “bridges” that are literally an old dead tree laid across a dizzying abyss. I don’t think he found God up there, but at least daredevils like him are rewarded with lovely frescoes and magnificent views.


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