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Debre Libanos Monastery is one of the beautiful and historical monasteries in Oromia, lying northwest of Addis Ababa in the North Shewa Zone of the Oromia Region. It was founded in 1284 by Saint Tekle Haymanot as Debre Atsbo and was renamed as Debre Libanos in the 15th century. He meditated in a cave above the current monastery for 29 years.  The monastery complex sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of one of the tributaries of the Abbay  River (the Blue Nile) and beautiful Jama Valley, it is the best place for cultural tourism and pilgrimage tourism.

Monastery of Debre Libanos: The monastery of Debre Libanos is found at 107 kilometers north of Finfinnee on the way to Gojam. Debre Libanos is one of the Ethiopia’s most reputed Orthodox monastic enclaves. It is founded by Abune Teklehaimanot as early as 1260. The enclave of monastery consists of villages of nuns and monks, the original monastery (cave) and the modern church with beautiful architecture. Interior paintings of the church and historical antiquities in the modern and well organized museum of the church add to attraction of the monastery.

Tourist activities

  • Religious activities- Religious tourism, also known as faith tourism refers to traveling individually or in groups to holy sites.
  • Medical purpose- Medical tourism refers to people traveling to another country to get medical treatment.

West Shewa (Amharic: ምዕራብ ሸዋ; Oromo: Shawaa Lixaa/Dhihaa) is one of the zones of the Oromia Region in Ethiopia. This zone takes its name from the kingdom or former province of Shewa. West Shewa is bordered on the south by the Southwest Shewa Zone and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, on the southwest by Jimma, on the west by East Welega, on the northwest by Horo Gudru Welega, on the northeast by North Shewa, and on the east by Oromia Special Zone Surrounding Finfinne. Its highest point is Mount Wanchi (3386 meters); other notable peaks include Mount Menagesha and Mount Wachacha. Towns and cities in West Shewa include Ambo.