City Of Rock Hewn Churches
LALIBELA isolated in the lasta Mountains, yet the home of one of the world’s most spellbinding collections of historical religious sites.
It is to these that pilgrim’s flood every Christmas-on January 7 as the country runs on a solar calendar derived from the Egyptian calendar-as one of the holiest places of the holy.
And you can see its surprise. Between the 11th and 12th centuries, a series of 11 fabulous churches were hewn from the rocks, created, remarkably, from single pieces of stone beneath the earth, Still today, you will be amazed how they managed such a feat, it’s one of the great wonders of the world.
The churches themselves are incredible-the stunning views of them from the ground above, the atmospheric walks down, the cool carved interiors, the magnificent décor-and the people keeping the heritage alive and vibrant today are mesmerizing.
There are also rock churches and monasteries perched high on mountaintops surrounding the town.
Its Ethiopia’s most splendid town imaginable and a fitting highlight.