A view of the rock-hewn UNESCO protected Church of Saint Emmanuel where Ethiopian Orthodox Christians gather during for the annual festival of Timkat in Lalibela, on January 19, 2012. The Timkat festival marks the celebration of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. During Timkat, the Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant is taken out of every Ethiopian church for 24 hours and paraded during a procession in towns across the country. Over 80 % of Ethiopians are estimated to be Orthodox Christians. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians believe the real Ark of the Covenant, a vessel containing the Ten Commandments, is held in Aksum. It is guarded by a select group of monks, whose sole commitment is to protect the sacred vessel. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza.