Posted By on July 21, 2018

Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela:

The town Lalibela, came to existence after the decline of Axum, originally, called Roha and it was the capital of a local dynasty known as The Zagwe. The town was renamed Lalibela after its most important ruler who lived in late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, made and well known for the 11 eleven rock-hewn churches, king Lalibela.

The churches are really the bright marks of that period. The town of Lalibela located at the top of a hill flourishes with a museum of rock hewn churches. The rock hewn churches of Lalaibela are the most famous which cut out of soft volcanic tuff and extremely fine. Alvarez, who visited Lalibela in 1520, described the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela as “edifices, the like of which-and so many-cannot be found anywhere else in the world. They are churches entirely excavated in the rock, very well hewn… It wears me to write more of these works, because it seems to me that they will not believe me, if I write more.”
Lalibela is 642 kilometers from Addis Ababa and traveling is possible by road and daily flight by Ethiopian Air Lines. Lalibela is particularly interesting during religious celebrations, notably in Ethiopian Christmas (January 7), this day is also the birth date of king Lalibela himself. The physical land escape of the town is characterized by a rugged topography on a mountain, in a picturesque setting at an altitude of 2630 meters above mean sea level.

Besides the 11 rock-hewn churches, there are many churches outside the town of Lalaibela, which are made before or nearly the same period and are very attractive.


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