Gunda Gundē Monastery - HMML Repository

Gunda Gundē Monastery

The digitization of the Gunda Gundē library, sponsored by HMML in 2006, preserved for posterity an ecclesiastical collection long recognized as one of the largest and most significant in Ethiopia. On-site in a remote part of northern Tigray close to the Eritrean border, 219 codices were photographed, constituting virtually the entirety of the present-day collection, one diminished in size from the nearly 300-volume library in existence a century earlier.


  • Collection

  • Country

    Ethiopia
  • City

    Tigray Province
  • Repository

    Gunda Gundē Monastery
  • Project Codes

    GG
  • Project Numbers

    GG 00001-GG00219
  • Type

    Digital
  • Digital Surrogates

    219
  • Date Preserved

    2006
  • HMML Reading Room (first record)

  • Languages

    Ge'ez; Amharic
  • Bibliography

    Antonio Mordini, "Il convento di Gunde Gundiè," Rassegna di Studi Etiopici 12 (1953): 29-70; Ted Erho, "The Library and Old Testament Manuscripts of Gundä Gunde," in Studies in Ethiopian Languages, Literature, and History: Festschrift for Getatchew Haile, ed. Adam Carter McCollum (Aethiopistische Forschungen 83; Wiesbaden, 2017), 297-319.
  • Reading Room Collections

  • Uncataloged Collections