Amba Mariam

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Amba Mariam is a village in central Ethiopia. It was known as Magdala or Meqdela (መቅደላ meḳdelā) during the reign of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia. Located in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, Amba Mariam has a longitude and latitude of .

Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this town has an estimated total population of 1,899 of whom 988 were males and were 911 females. The 1994 census reported this town had a total population of 1,091 of whom 520 were males and 571 were females. It is one of three towns in Tenta woreda.


By the early 19th century, Magdala was a mountain stronghold, or amba of the Wollo Oromo; when Johann Ludwig Krapf camped at its foot 26 March 1842, it was one of the strongholds of Imam Liban of the Were Himano, a "House" or a sub-group of the Wollo.Sven Rubenson, King of Kings: Tewodros of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa: Haile Selassie I University, 1966), p. 52 He constructed a number of buildings on the top of the mountain, including a church and a palace. In 1867, he imprisoned several British diplomats inside the fortress over a perceived insult from Queen Victoria. A British military expedition led by Sir Robert Napier landed at the Gulf of Zula on 4 December and set up a base camp at Zula before advancing on Magdala, which they...
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