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Tulu Gudo Island
Tulu Gudo Island is the largest island in Lake Ziway and is a must-see for anyone interested in Ethiopia's history or culture. Once home to the Ark of the Covenant, Tulu Gudo's Maryam Tsion Monastery still houses a fascinating collection of ancient relics dating back almost 1,100 years, including the beautiful Gedle-Kidusen manuscript, a parchment book written in Ge’ez, the ancient language of Ethiopia. Visitors to Tulu Gudo also have the chance to immerse themselves in the unique culture of the Zay people. Though just 900 of them live on the island, their culture and language are completely different from the surrounding Oromo people. Visitors pass through the village and meet the community, experience the local way of life, and discover their traditional weaving.
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