The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

he small town of Lalibela is best known for the 11 monolithic churches that were chiseled out of the basalt bedrock of the region.  In the 12th century, when Muslim conquests put a stop to Christian pilgrimages to the holy land, King Lalibela set out to construct  a “New Jerusalem” in Ethiopia. The churches are …

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