Bahr Dar: Benches From Ethiopia’s Lakeside Town


Bahr Dar is the entrance way of the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana and it’s spiritual monasteries. ImageImage

Bahr Dar is also one of Ethiopia’s most attractive towns and as always, I pick something ordinary from the Bahr Dar city to give homage and to share the extraordinary I beheld in it with the world. While strolling through the wide palm-lined boulevards and gardens overflowing with endearing flora to Lake Tana’s dazzling shore, I could not help to notice the imaginatively fashioned benches, which are placed along the side of Bahr Dar’s street.ImageImage

Benches which forced me to pause for a while…not to take a seat, rather to take good look at each one of them, gratify my sense of wonder and of course admire creation of art.I believe each bench embodies ETHIOPIA in its very own way. Let me start with benches that exemplify Ethiopia’s Animal Kingdom. Talking about Ethiopian wildlife, I would love to mention the fact that the beautiful mountain Nyala is one of Ethiopia’s many endemic wildlife species and Ethiopia is home to Walia Ibex.



For the spectacular Ethiopian bird Life.ImageImage

Something that represent the startlingly rich Ethiopian flora.Image

This particular bench is embellished with an inspiring Amharic written quote from one of Ethiopians Kings and Legends Emperor Tewodros.


Ethiopia’s very own alphabet and unique Ethiopia Numerals. Image

Gondar and its castles are one of the many Ethiopia’s famous attractions and I believe this particular bench represent it beautifully. Image

Welcome to Bahr Dar


and please…


have a seat!

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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18 Responses to Bahr Dar: Benches From Ethiopia’s Lakeside Town

  1. What great Benches!


  2. Theresa says:

    Such beautiful craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing your homeland and culture.


  3. I have always enjoyed benches, occupied or empty so this was a treat. What is the inspiring quote you mentioned on one bench?


  4. spixl says:

    Love the benches, too! And, coincidence, yesterday I posted a photo of a blossom from the African tulip tree in my apartment complex here in Mexico. 😉


  5. Hi Sare ,splendid post ,you are a wonderful Ambassador for Ethiopia .Warm regards.jalal


  6. Wonderful benches! Thanks for posting.


  7. jmmcdowell says:

    Thank you for sharing! The craftsmanship on the benches is wonderful.


  8. Such beautiful benches, they look more like works of art!


  9. I’m so glad to have found your blog. I became interested in Ethiopia because my mother-in-law lived there in the 1970s and my daughter cycled there in 2003.I love seeing your country through your eyes, and via its benches. Thank you.


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