The earliest known in the world illustrated copy of the Gospels, Garim of the Gospel, has been preserved for centuries in a remote Ethiopian monastery.
The amazingly beautiful Garima Gospels are named after the monk Abbas Garima, who arrived in Ethiopia in 494 from Constantinople. Legend says that he copied the Gospels in just one day, because God put the sun away from the installation so that the monk could finish his work. The incredible relic has been kept since then in the monastery of Garima, not far from Adwa, in northern Ethiopia at an altitude of 7,000 feet.
The survival of the book is more surprising given that throughout its history the country has been subjected to various invasions and that in 1930 the fire destroyed the church of the monasteries.
It is not as if these texts were forgotten or unknown. In fact, they are often mentioned by travelers since the 1950s (in particular, the British art historian Beatrice Plain), but they were believed to have been dated to the 11th century as early as possible. However, the date of carbonation is given between 330 and 650 years, which may coincide with the date when Abba Garima arrived in Ethiopia, according to a message originally published by Ancient Origine.