Saint George is a popular figure in Ethiopian iconography, often appearing on horseback driving his lance or spear into the dragon he famously slew. He is venerated as a Christian saint and is the patron saint of Ethiopia. The Church of Saint George, known locally as Bete Giyorgis, was built by King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of the Zagwe dynasty and remains a site of huge cultural and religious significance. St. George Gallery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia exhibits 35 established and emerging artists whose work reflects a source of inspiration in the contemporary African art scene.
The Ethiopic Bible contains 84 books, including some writings that were rejected or lost by other Churches. The British Collections of Ethiopian Manuscripts at Bodleian Library, Oxford consists of 33 manuscripts which were catalogued and published in 1848 by August Dillmann. Ethiopian manuscript production and preservation traditionally occurs in monasteries and churches, with religious books reflecting the attending concerns of these institutions. Antique handwritten Ethiopian Coptic Bibles from around 200 years ago can be found for sale online.