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Hidden treasures – the mysteries of faith in the paintings of a medieval Ethiopian cave church

May 4, 2020
18:00
Stockholm School of Theology - Postponed till Autumn 2020

We invite you to join us on 4th May at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm), Bromma, Stockholm for a special seminar entitled:

“Hidden treasures – the mysteries of faith in the paintings of a medieval Ethiopian cave church”

The session is being organised jointly by Sankt Ignatios College and the Swedish Icon Society and it will be an opportunity to discover the remarkable Yemrahana Krestos Ethiopian cave church and its medieval paintings. The church is situated in a huge cave, protected by an ancient forest high up in the hard-to-reach Ethiopian mountains. The church was built around 1100 and its architecture and paintings testify to the existence of a high Christian culture at about the time that Christianity was just beginning to take root in Sweden.

The contributors:

Lars Gerdmar is an icon painter, author and art historian who has been working for nearly 20 years to save the medieval Ethiopian wall paintings.

Samuel Rubenson is professor of Church history at Lund University and professor of Eastern Christian Studies at Stockholm School of Theology. He was brought up in Ethiopia and works for the preservation of the Ethiopian cultural heritage

When: 6pm, May 4th

Where: Room 219, Stockholm School of Theology

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