"Ethiopia's top attraction" Top 5 Page for this destination Lalibela by SirRichard

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Lalibela's rock-hewn churches

Lalibela is probably Ethiopia's top tourist attraction. In this tiny rural village north of Ethiopia you can find a group of astonishing rock-hewn churches, marvellous architectural jewls made out of a single block of rock. There are 13-14 churches built by King Lalibela in the 16th century and it really deserves a visit as it is a unique place in the world. Some people compare it with Jordania's Petra... imagine that and add a gorgeous green landscape around!

Lively churches

But Lalibela is not just a stone facade, as Petra. All the churches are in use and is an important pilgrimage center in the region. Ethiopia is an orthodox country (surrounded by muslim African neighbours), so you can see many pilgrims attend masses ans other religious services, and this makes the visit even more interesting I think.

Crosses and paintings

But is not only architecture in stone. Inside those churches you can admire incredible paintings on the wall, marvellous metal crosses (some are silver or gold) and priests like if you were in the 16th century, living treasures of an ancient civilization.

  • Last visit to Lalibela: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2011 at 3:42 AM

    Your vidi description and sketches are unique ~ Have a Joous Birthday Celebration and look forward to your next set of sketches ;-)))

  • Mar 30, 2009 at 6:08 AM

    we provide transport services from and to the air port ,and exursion servises to the serounding monasteries and churches address habte19@yahoo.com habte@ethionet.et telephone 251911718131 lalibela ethiopia

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:25 AM

    Excellent page of an amazing place - still up high on my wish list...!

  • betako3's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    I never knew such a place existed at all, looks intriguing.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:36 AM

    Hello, Joaquin! Your stories are amazing and useful! Thanks a lot for creating them!

  • egonwegh's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 3:04 AM

    Wow - amazing indeed!

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Beautiful pictures and interesting information about the churches. I had a nice lunch and coffee ceremony in the Blue Nile restaurant.

  • hojasdehierba's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2006 at 9:14 AM

    Una pagina estupenda, como todas las que he visto tuyas... Lalibela tiene que ser impresionante. Otro día miraré la de Etiopia. Saludos.

  • titti's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2006 at 6:04 AM

    So you went there by bus... Wasn'it great?? Nice page, indeed!

  • Irine_29's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2006 at 10:36 AM

    amazing. the church looks huge! I thought it was smailler. thanks for the Lalibela journey :-)


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