The government of Eritrea recognizes both Christianity and Islam. Hence the most important religious places to be found here are EritreanOrthodoxTewahedoChurch, Eritrean Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran church and Sheikh Hanafi Mosque. While the EritreanOrthodoxTewahedoChurch is based on the doctrines of Oriental Orthodoxy the Eritrean Catholic Church is headed by a bishop and the Evangelical Lutheran church follows the doctrines laid down by the German friar, Martin Luther. The Sheikh Hanafi Mosque was built 500yrs ago and is one of the oldest structures to be found in Eritrea. It is dedicated to Sheikh Hanafi who was a great teacher.