Lost World – Rock-Hewn Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia

The Church of Saint George, one of many churches hewn into the rocky hills of Lalibela

Lalibela is a town in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its monolithic rock-cut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. The layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely accepted, especially by the local clergy, to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem. This has led some experts to date the current form of its churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by the Muslim soldier Saladin.

St. Georges Churchealso known as Churche of Lalibela, Ethiopia

St. Georges Church also known as Church of Lalibela, Ethiopia

The Church of St. George is one of eleven monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

The Church of St. George is one of eleven monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Located in the Semien Wollo Zone of the Amhara ethnic division (or kilil) at 2,500 meters above sea level.

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