Below the big tree, in the distance two crosses mark the top of the rock church. The whole church is below ground level, carved from the solid rock.
Around the church are houses for the monks who come to meditate.
To get to the church, one has to do down the steps, roughly 20 of them. There was a woman kneeling and praying at one of the doors. This is a practice that I have not seen very often at other countries - kneeling and praying outside the church rather than inside. But it seems to be common in Ethiopia.
There are corridors, again carved from the rock, on both sides of the sanctuary. The left for the men, and the right for the women.
There is, naturally, an icon of Mary and Jesus.
Above the door to the sanctuary, there is an icon of the Trinity. At the 4 corners are the 4 animals representing the 4 Evangelists: human (Matthew), lion (Mark), ox (Luke), and eagle (John). This is, again, common in Ethiopian churches.
The Adadi Mariam was quiet and peaceful, modest and unpretentious. There were few tourists. People can come, and they do come, to pray and worship. It is obvious they are very serious about their faith, which is very much alive. I like this place.