Bahir Dar, the third largest city in Ethiopia, is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana. On the islands of the lake are some of the world's oldest churches and monasteries, which can be reached via boat trips. Women are not permitted to enter some of the monasteries.
One of Emperor Haile Selassie's palaces, which is located near the city, is an impressive architectural work of its time. Facing Lake Tana it provides a beautiful, picturesque scene of the Blue Nile.