There are just a few Ethiopian temples that may probably be dated to the Aksumite era, like Debre Damo and Degum. Probably from the sixth century or later, these two patterns. A definitive distinction has not yet been made between existing pre-sixth century Aksumite chapels.
But given their location and other characteristics, archaeologists believe that a small number of now-destroyed buildings from the fourth or fifth century served as holy sites. The Ethiopians believe that the congregation of Mary of Zion in Aksum is the place where the Ark of the Covenant is kept, and there is a large ventured platform in the community’s compound that likely previously served as the entrance to a big church built during this time.
It would seem logical that sacred sites would continue to be carved out of rock and worked.
It’s possible that during the post-Aksumite period, a grouping of funerary hypogea (subterranean loads) in the Hawzien plain (in northern Ethiopia) were converted into places of worship.
This may apply to chapels like Tcherqos Wukro and Abreha-we-Atsbeha (below) (the compositions in these temples presumably date from a later period).