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Lalibela is famous for its rock-hewn churches.Lalibala attracted allready visitors in the 16th century, but is a still a very isolated place. Till 1997 Lalibela was still unreachable during the wet season.

Lalibela was the capital of the Zagwe dynasty in the 12th and 13th century. In that time Lalibela was known as Roha. After the death of King Lalibela the town was named after him. King Lalibela, after coming back from his fly to Jerusalem, decided to build this new holy city on African soil in the Lasta mountains.

In February 2004 we visited Lalibela for two days. It was enough to see all the rock-hewn churches in town. If you like also to visit the churches outside of town, it is advisble to spend more days in the area.

In Lalibela are two groups of rock-hewn churches, the northern group and the eastern group. You can find Bet Gabriel-Rafael in the eastern group.

During the ceremony in honour of the beginning of the fast period, this little boy was sitting high above the chanting and praying group of priests and pilgrims near the Bet Maryam.

  • Last visit to Lalibela: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Planning a trip to here in January. Very useful pages.

  • elae's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    would love to try it*

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Wow, yery attractive place I'm sure! Interesting traditions!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2008 at 5:01 AM

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your fascinating account of your visit here - one of the places high on my wish-list!

  • croisbeauty's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2007 at 8:00 AM

    looks very inviting, wanna go there, must have been great experience

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2007 at 11:24 PM

    "The last cup is the blessing cup" - berakha is also Hebrew for blessing!!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2006 at 1:12 PM

    I kew that Lalibela is famous for its rock-hewn churches but for me, it sounds like libellule (dragonfly) called demoiselle (Miss) in French and moreover I have read a thriller that took place in Lalibela! Then this place is special for me! Superb page!

  • melosh's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2006 at 5:37 PM

    Beautiful pictures of a place I will never forget. When I visited in 1974 there was no road and it was out of season for air travel. It was worth the walk. Your pictures were like a virtual re-visit. Thanks.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2006 at 8:50 AM

    Wonderul page. What amazing places you have seen. Lalibeli and its churches are somewhere I've long wanted to see. leyle

  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2005 at 5:12 AM

    FASCINATING page!!! What a divine place! I'm planning to go there in the next couple of years. BTW, I was very surprised that Ethiopian priests are taking care of Certosa di Pavia complex in Italy!


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