Lalibela

lalibela

Lalibela is one of the holiest places in Ethiopia for Orthodox Christians with groups of rock hewn churches, Historical and religious artifacts are witness for the prominence of this holy place and it was built by King Lalibela in the 12th Century. It is registered by UNESCO as one of the 8th wonders of the world. Lalibela presents the site of a chain of rock churches carved out in the 12th century with astonishing architectural designs and interior decorations it is a place of pilgrimage and devotion
King Lalibela is credited with the foundation of the 11 rock-hewn churches in the 12th Century. One of the world’s most incredible man-made creations, they are a lasting monument to man’s faith in God. These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism. The 11 man made churches are found in and around the town of Lalibela. It is the venue for some of the most famous church festivals in Ethiopia, a visit during the great celebrations of Timket (Epiphany) and Gena (Ethiopian Christmas) is particularly pleasing and unique. Other churches around Lalibela are reached with 45-minute drive by 4×4 vehicles, or a three hour mule ride like Yimrehanne Kirstos Church, Asheten Maryam Church and Genet Maryam Church which have immense historical treasures.

The city of Lalibela is located at a height of 2,600m above sea level. And it is very wonderful place because it contains the largest and fascinating monolithic rock-hewn churches in the world. The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 12th-century ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings. The rock churches, although connected to one another by maze-like tunnels, are physically separated by a small river which the Ethiopians named the Jordan River. Churches on one side of the Jordan represent the earthly Jerusalem; whereas those on the other side represent the heavenly Jerusalem, visitors have tried to put into words their experiences. Admiring it as a “New Jerusalem”, a “New Golgotha”, and the “Christian Citadel in the Mountains of marvellous Ethiopia”.