Journal of
Hospitality Management and Tourism

  • Abbreviation: J. Hosp. Manage. Tourism
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6575
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHMT
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 58

Article in Press

The Hidden Treasure of Tedbabe Mariam and its Role for Tourism Development

Zelalem Getnet

  •  Received: 22 January 2018
  •  Accepted: 31 January 2019
South Wollo Zone is one of the Zones found in Amhara Region. It is endowed with different historical, cultural and natural attractions which make the tourists entertained, amazed and creates breathtaking feeling. Among the treasures found in the Zone is the Rise Adibarat Wogedamat (first among its peers and head of all churches and Monasteries) Tedbabe Mariam church. The principal objective of this study is to investigate the hidden treasure of the Tedbabe Mariam Church in Ethiopia. This research aims to disclose the major factors that hinder the development of tourism at the Church. To meet this aim, the researcher used a qualitative research approach. Primary and secondary data were collected so as to investigate the hidden treasures of the Church and to disclose some of the impediments of tourism development. To collect primary data, face-to-face personal interviews and participant observation was carried out. In order to analyze the collected data, the researcher employed descriptive data analysis method. The research identified that the Church possesses precious and magnificent tangible, movable and immovable heritages. Within the enclosure of the Church there are various historic buildings, tombs and above all, the Treasure House which houses priceless treasures, that has not been accessible for international and national tourists due to various impediments. Among the collections that are found in the Treasure Houses are more than 300 parchment books; some of which are not found elsewhere in the world. Above all, the history and location of the Church amplifies its potential for tourism development and astounds visitors. However, due to poor road facilities, and lack of standard accommodation and other touristic facilities, the Church treasures and its environs are currently inaccessible for international and national tourists.

Keywords: Tedbabe Mariam Monastery, Hidden Treasures, Impediments.