Belessa, just outside Asmara, was one of the first mission stations in the highland run by the Swedish Evangelical Mission.
Belessa is a small hill close to the mainroad to Keren. It consisted of a school, with boarding facilities and a church.
Nowadays the school is run by the government, but there is still a church in Belessa as well as a small congregation.
Belessa also has a small study centre for training in theology, something which is a great challenge for the Evangelical lutheran church to keep running, since so many students are away on military service.