Waldiba, a prestigious monastery found around 490 AD, is one of the oldest in Christendom. It is located in Wolkait, Tigrai, west of Zarima River at an altitude of 1118 m.a.s.l. It is one of the oldest monastic schools in Ethiopia which has produced many scholars and writers. It was established at a site which, legend has it, was visited by Joseph, Mary and Jesus during their time in Egypt. While at Waldiba, they received a divine message to return to Jerusalem, which they did by taking a subterranean passage via Eritrea or Yemen.
The monastery can’t be reached in a vehicle, and makes for a long day trip on mule. Several other interesting monasteries lie in the area, & can be visited over a few days from the village of Sequar Maryam, which has accommodation & lies close to Waldeba.