Arguably, Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile. It is an immense lake in the centre, dotted with islands that are steeped in Judaism and Orthodox Christian history. Many claim that it was on one of the churches on the lake where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for hundreds of years before being moved to Axum when the St Mary chapel was constructed.
From a geographical perspective, Lake Tana is massive and covers an area of 3200 sq km. At its deepest part if is only 15 metres deep. At it southern end near to Bahir Dar, the Nile starts its course to join the White Nile at Khartoum by initially flowing south and over the Blue Nile Falls just 15km from the town of Bahir Dar.
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