24. Jan 2018

The Rock-Hewn churches of Lalibela

The scent of incense is hanging in the air. With deep devotion, people are singing religious songs. Through the speakers they listen to the priests preaching. Every day, hundreds of pilgrims are celebrating their Christian belief inside the Rock-Hewn churches of Lalibela. Around the rural town in the north of Ethiopia, during the 12th and 13th centuries, eleven monolithic churches were carved out of the rock. The buildings are attributed to King Lalibela who set out to construct a ‘New Jerusalem’. Over hundreds of years they became one of the most important pilgrimage for Ethiopian Christians. Today, they are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Lalibela, a place where deep faith meets historic walls.

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