Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Ethiopia - Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
12th Century Rock-hewn Church of Lalibela Bete Giorgis
Sent by Daniel, a TravBuddy friend from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are exceptionally fine examples of a long-established Ethiopian building tradition. Monolithic churches are to be found all over the north and the centre of the country. Some of the oldest of such churches are to be found in Tigray, where some are believed to date from around the 6th or 7th centuries. King Lalibela is believed to have commissioned these structures with the purpose of creating a holy and symbolic place which considerably influenced Ethiopian religious beliefs.